From the body, to the fingers, to the expressions of the face. The Kinect community is further exploiting the technological prowess given to them by the depth camera device. Not limiting to just movement of the body, the Kinect can now detect and capture facial expressions. M. Breidt, H.H. Bulthoff and C.Curio were the people behind this latest Kinect development. The team managed to create a program that tracks a user’s facial expression. This Kinect feature just goes to show that the device and the community have yet to reach their full potential. We dare imagine what programs, uses and devices can use the Kinect’s facial expression tracking feature.
Here is a description by the developers:
“This video shows an example of how 3D facial motion performance can be captured without markers using a Microsoft Kinect camera (data shown in green). The resulting facial animation is shown in purple. The color video is just shown for reference and not used in the process.”
For more information about the Kinect 3d Facial Expression Recognition, visit the project’s Youtube Page.