PredictGaze Pauses Video When You Leave the Room

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You may never have to click a pause button again with PredictGaze, facial recognition and gesture-tracking software that senses when it's time to pause the video playing on your TV.

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Take a look at the video above, and you'll see how uncanny this is. It can use devices you already own that are equipped with a camera -- including computers, smart phones, webcams, almost any digital camera will do -- to gather its sensory data. Then, when it's time for you to take a break, it's smart enough to pause the program you're watching.

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Now technology has come full circle, resulting in this example that's a lot like Big Brother's tool of choice, the dreaded telescreen in George Orwell's chilling novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four. Does this mean you'll be under constant surveillance? Not with PredictGaze, whose monitoring and sensory data is all handled right there within your own devices.

The makers of PredictGaze don't stop at that simple trick of automatically pausing video. For instance, they're using this facial recognition technology to identify the ages of people in the room, so parents can censor their kids' content. They're working on eye tracking tech to be used with mobile devices as well, which could open up some crazy gaming possibilities and much more.

Tell us in the comments how you think this tech could be useful.

[PredictGaze, via Gizmag]

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