Saturday, 21 July 2018

Facebook patents for emotion-detecting selfie filters

LONDON: Seems like Facebook is seeking to improve itself in unique ways as it has filed a patent for ‘emotion-detecting’ selfie filters.

A recent public patent demonstrates that the popular social media app Facebook is looking to launch a tech that can detect emotions and automatically choose an animated selfie based on the particular emotional state.

The patent was originally filed back in 2016, but was made public on Thursday June 28 this year. The patent describes a system for ‘identifying an emotion and selecting, based on the emotion, a mask from a set of masks’. The term ‘mask’ refers to Facebook’s preferred word for the selfie filters that adds animations to users’ face, reported Mashable.

Currently, users have to select a filter manually that fits their mood, but with this new emotion-detecting technology, the masks will be selected automatically based on the image it detects. The firm explains that its machine learning systems can determine the emotions based on the users’ facial features.

Facebook’s patent explains, “If the app detects happiness, for example, it could bring up a mask named ‘happy panda’, [While] the emotion ‘surprise’ [maps] to a mask named ‘surprised eyes’, the emotion ‘anger’ to a mask named ‘angry bird’, and the emotion ‘sadness’ to a mask named ‘gushing tears’.”

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