PlayStation Eye will know your face and gender

by Mark R

playstation_eye_webcam-526x540Every once in a while, some new video game technology is released that could change the way games could be played. We’ve already seen the announcement from Microsoft with their Project Natal, and Sony is chiming in with its own great advancement. Sony has recently announced that the PlayStation Eye webcam is going to have face-recognition technology as well as gender recognition technology.

I believe that we have already covered gender-recognition technology before, and Kish Hirani, Sony Europe’s head of developer services, says that it can “detect gender and even the age of the face, separate facial features such as the nose, eyes, and ears, and even detect whether you’re smiling or not”.

By the way, it is planned to work with the upcoming Sony Motion Controller, which I don’t think we have covered. It will accomplish this using the X, Y, and Z motion.

So, what are we looking at here? An age where you don’t have to use your own username, or set up an account? A time where your Sony Playstation just “looks” at you and knows you are? Does anyone else think that sounds a little scary, like Big Brother?

I mean, why not apply this technology to our webcams, and so our computers greet us with full knowledge of who we are? It sure beats the traditional Windows welcome screen. Unless, of course, you like anonymity.


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