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 FotoNationâ€™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 â€œSmile Shutterâ€ in digital cameras. Once the cameraâ€™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 canâ€™t only detect faces nowadays, they can also detect when youâ€™re smiling. Isnâ€™t technology great? (â€œHey, my shutterâ€™s jammed. Oh, darnâ€¦I have SmileCheck on!â€)