I've discussed several times, in past news writeups, the facial recognition-based unlock capabilities built into Google's Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich". Reading others' reviews gives only a secondhand perspective on a technology or product; a personal hands-on analysis is the preferable approach.
As the daily news reports unfortunately make regularly clear, existing among us are no shortage of sick and twisted individuals who prey on children they find via (among other avenues) published images. And those same news reports document scores of situations in which captured still photos and video footage have been used by oppressive regimes around the world to identify and target dissidents found in the frames.
Embedded Vision Alliance Platinum member Texas Instruments recently unveiled two new EVMs (evaluation modules) for the company's KeyStone-based TMS320C665x multicore digital signal processors (DSPs), the TMS320C6654, TMS320C6655 and TMS320C6657.
Back in mid-April, I devoted a news writeup to the latest developments at facial recognition algorithm developer Face.com, focusing in particular on the API that the company provided for third-party developer leverage, often free of charge. Those bountiful-technology days, unfortunately, have come and gone.
The Embedded Vision Alliance is on a membership roll; over the past four months, its numbers have notably grown thanks to four new members. The latest addition is PointGrab, a leading developer of hand gesture recognition software for use with standard 2D cameras.
Last November, rumors began circulating in cyberspace regarding the next-generation Microsoft Kinect peripheral...that it would be, for example, accurate enough to read the lips of people sitting in front of it, along with delivering improved motion tracking and voice recognition (the latter by virtue of the camera peripheral's integrated microphone array), and being "able to tell what direction the player is facing" (but can't it already do that?).