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Sony patents emotion recognition tech

17 August 2009

GI.biz reports that Sony Computer Entertainment America (SCEA) has filed patents for software that has the capacity to recognise various human emotions such as laughter, sadness, joy, anger and boredom.

Apparently, the technology is not just limited to home consoles, though it’s worth pointing out that the artwork filed by Sony clearly depicts a PlayStation 3 as well as a Bravia TV. It is believed the patents are most likely related to the platform holder's ‘wand’ peripheral unveiled back at E3 in June.

Interestingly, the tech bares a striking resemblance to Microsoft’s Project Natal, specifically developer Lionhead’s demo of Milo and Kate, which demonstrates the ability to detect not only movement, but also various emotional response based on both facial and voice recognition.

Stay tuned to PSU for more details as they become available to us.


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