Laugh, Cry, and Get Emotional At Your PS3

August 16, 2009 Written by Paulmichael Contreras

No controller required.

No controller required.

No, not yet. If you do that to your PlayStation 3 now, nothing is really going to happen. But Sony is looking to change that in the future with this latest patent of their’s.

The idea is simple – track a user’s or group of people’s emotions while they watch a television show or play a game. As you watch a program or play a game, the PlayStation 3, hooked up to a camera and microphone, would analyze your face, body language and any sounds you make or actions you perform. This gets turned into metadata which is then sent back home to see how well a piece of media is being received.

A flowchart of how part of the software would work.

A flowchart of how part of the software would work.

Does all of this sound far-off to you? Well considering Sony has already developed smile-detecting software for some of their Cybershot line of cameras, it may be closer than you think. Interesting to note that in the first diagram they used a separate camera and microphone instead of just simply using the PlayStation Eye…

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