FotoNation Licenses Smile Detection for Cameras

Smile Detection

FotoNation is now licensing its SmileCheck technology to makers of digital cameras and camera phones. SmileCheck makes sure that everyone in a group photo is smiling before it activates the shutter.

SmileCheck is an extension module of FotoNation’s currently shipping FaceTracker product line. By monitoring the video preview stream in the cameras during framing, SmileCheck first looks for faces in the scene of the photo. Once faces are detected, the software looks for facial features associated with smiles.

SmileCheck enables a new type of picture taking mode called “Smile Shutter” in digital cameras. Once the camera’s trigger button is depressed, the shutter is not engaged until smiles are detected on all faces within the frame, ensuring photos with all smiles.

Cameras can’t only detect faces nowadays, they can also detect when you’re smiling. Isn’t technology great? (“Hey, my shutter’s jammed. Oh, darn…I have SmileCheck on!”)


Published by Chris Malinao

Chris teaches Lightroom as workflow software to photography students at the FPPF, Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation. He also teaches smartphone photography.