NViso goes mobile

27.02.2014 09:45

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CEVA, Inc., the leading licensor of silicon intellectual property (SIP) platform solutions and DSP cores, and nViso, a leading provider of 3D facial imaging technology, today announced that the companies have partnered to develop a solution for mobile devices that includes nViso's unique emotion detection capabilities.

Facial imaging technology is a key component in a new wave of natural user interfaces (NUIs) that can analyze and understand facial movements. A primary use model of the nViso technology is to interpret people's emotions by tracking hundreds of micro-expressions and movements to gain a more accurate and real-time understanding of the user's emotional reactions to any media content, gaming or interactive experience. The nViso facial imaging engine is also able to recognize people's age, gender, eye movements and other factors that can be used to deliver a more personalized experience to users.

The solution of the two partners combines nViso's facial micro-expression recognition software with the CEVA-MM3101 imaging and vision platform to deliver a broad set of high quality facial analysis functions that utilizes the camera in a smartphone, tablet or any other camera-enabled device. Crucially, the solution consumes a fraction of the power typically required to run these tasks on a CPU, reducing the power consumption by a factor of 50x.

"By leveraging the most proven and widely adopted platform for embedded vision applications – the CEVA-MM3101 – we can deliver our unique facial imaging technology to a new class of mobile applications and devices, broadening the use model and benefit of this intelligent user interface," said Tim Llewellynn, CEO of nViso. "Given its high-performance and low-power characteristics, the CEVA-MM3101 is ideal for implementing computer vision applications, particularly in always-on environments. It forms the foundation for a robust and cost-effective 3D facial imaging solution with the flexibility to adapt for more accuracy and more features in the future."

"nViso offers a very unique imaging application that extends the benefit of facial recognition interfaces to new areas such as emotion detection," said Yair Siegel, director of product marketing for multimedia at CEVA. This partnership strengthens the industry's largest ecosystem around an embedded vision platform, reinforcing the CEVA-MM3101's position as the emerging standard for camera-enabled mobile applications."

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