Your Face Is The TV Remote Control

Be the remote; let your face tell your device what to do. A UCSD computer science student has done a proof-of-concept demonstration showing that you can use your face to slow down or speed up video playback.


(UCSD face remote capture)

The intent of the project is to create machines that can tell what you need them to do. It builds on technology for detecting facial expressions being developed at UC San Diego's Machine Perception Laboratory (MPLab), part of the Institute for Neural Computation, and housed in the UCSD Division of Calit2.

Your facial expression contains information; if a machine, like an automated teaching machine, could interpret that information, it could slow down for material you find difficult. Or speed up, if it is clear that you are bored and ready for new material.

"If I am a student dealing with a robot teacher and I am completely puzzled and yet the robot keeps presenting new material, that's not going to be very useful to me. If, instead, the robot stops and says, 'Oh, maybe you're confused,' and I say, 'Yes, thank you for stopping,' that's really good," said Whitehill

In the larger sense, this research will bring about robots with (what is now) sfnal understanding of human facial expressions.

Via Eurekalert; see also this short video - your face is the remote control.

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