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Oct 21, 2005

Face recognition implemented on cellphones

Via Extremetech

Deviceforge.com today reports that a company has just started marketing a technology that inexpensively adds face recognition to camera-equipped cellphones. Oki's "Face Sensing Engine" (FSE) "middleware" decodes facial images within 280mS on a 100MHz ARM9 processor, and can restrict access to mobile devices by recognizing their owners.

Besides security applications, this new technology could have interesting applications in the field of neurorehabilitation. For example, the implementation of face recognition may help brain-injured patients suffering from neurodegenerative diseases to recognize their relatives and friends

Oki lists the following key features of its FSE technology:

  • Compact system footprint -- requires approximately 260KB on an ARM9 processor
  • Fast image processing -- requires approximately 280mS on a 100MHz ARM9 processor
  • Face recognition algorithm automatically adjusts to ambient lighting conditions
  • Supported processor architectures -- ARM9, SH Mobile, and others
  • Supported software platforms -- Symbian, uITRON, Linux, BREW, WIPI, Windows, Solaris, and others

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