Sony showed off some new facial recognition technology for the PS Vita during a middleware and game tools event in Tokyo yesterday. The demonstration was intended for developers, but I think gamers will also get something out of it.
In the video demo above you’ll see how the PS Vita system recognizes the player’s face and then immediately translates his movements to an avatar in real time. The mouth opening and closing is hilarious, but it’s also impressive at how responsive the tech is. More impressive is how the avatars will even blink and raise eyebrows to match the user. The half-open eyes of the girl avatar creep me out a bit, though.
Andriasang says that Sony is hoping this “FaceControl” tech will also be used to control games and change viewpoints.