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The Love Machine--Building Computers That Care

The MIT media lab is generally regarded as one of the most prestigious experts in the area of computer interfaces and how electronic information overlaps with the everyday physical world. This article is an amazing update on current research on what is being developed to help your computer better understand and respond to you. A key element will be facial expression recognition systems that track eye movement and then use the information to follow other facial features, picking up shifts at 30 frames per second. Processes are being developed to digitize the data and then use a computer running video-analysis and pattern-recognition algorithms to correlate the facial-movement data to specific emotional states using Facial Action Coding Systems.

Wired December 2003

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