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Opera Launches Facial Gesture Capability 199

cstrep writes "Eight years ago, Opera introduced Mouse Gestures as a way to speed up your interaction with the browser, and focus on what's important: Content. In 2005, Voice Navigation was introduced, and more recently we've worked with Nintendo to create a browser that takes full advantage of the 'Wiimote' and later, the touchscreen in the DSi. Today Opera introduces Face Gestures, a revolutionary technology designed to make interacting with Opera easier on computers with cameras. Face Gestures lets you perform frequent browsing operations with natural and easy to make face gestures. By using an internal technology dubbed 'Face Observation Opera Language,' we are able to recognize pre-determined facial expressions and match them to commands on the Opera browser."
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Opera Launches Facial Gesture Capability

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  • Goatse? (Score:5, Funny)

    by TheRaven64 ( 641858 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @08:43AM (#27414595) Journal
    Will it automatically close the tab when you screw up your face in disgust?

    April fool?

  • Awesome (Score:1, Redundant)

    by Spazztastic ( 814296 )
    Now you no longer have to scramble to X out of whatever awful shock site you have been sent to! It will automatically recognize the grotesque look on your face and close it!
    • by 2.7182 ( 819680 )
      For slashdot readers such sites do not exist.
      • by Retric ( 704075 )

        They exist slashdot readers have fnord learned to block them out. Think of it like a well tuned spam filter fnord for the mind.

  • So it begins; wonder how long before fake stories on other news sites start up?
  • Except for the part where the browser "went potty" all over me.

    Stupid teletubbies site. Who knew big purple "things" dancing = orgasm to Opera?

  • For a short while, I thought maybe Slashdot would forego the usual orgy of April Fool's jokes this year.
    • I still miss the OMG Ponies! layout.

      • by cyxxon ( 773198 )
        Yeah, especially now that even the original story does not show the OMG PONIES style anymore. Someone at Slashdot should rebuild that one just for giggles and link it to the original post. As in, I wanted to see it again just now to remind me how awesum etc it was, and found the story, but well, it didn't make sense. "We changed our layout to attract more females", and it just looks like always... meh.
      • I, sadly, wasn't here to experience that. Was it anything like CmdrTaco's user profile? Ugh...

        • by HTH NE1 ( 675604 )

          I missed it as well, and only because it fell on a Sunday that year. I don't have enough time to read slashdot at home; I only have the down time at work to do it waiting for code to compile. (Office sword fighting [] is for when everyone's machines are locked up due to problems with the remote mounted user directories.)

  • "How will it end?"

    "In fire"

  • FOOL (Score:5, Informative)

    by BaatZ ( 850474 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @08:47AM (#27414659)
    Face Observation Opera Language == FOOL. quite obvious but a pitty, i'd like this feature !
    • Yes. Too obvious. We're looking for April Fools as it is.

      I suspect it won't be long before someone does try to implement a working version. Might even work. The proposed gestures do seem reasonably intuitive.
    • You only think I guessed wrong! That's what's so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders! The most famous is never get involved in a land war in Asia, but only slightly less well-known is this: never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha...*falls over dead*

    • Face Observation Opera Language == FOOL. quite obvious but a pitty, i'd like this feature !

      I wouldn't have a problem with these April Fool's jokes if they were actually funny/unpredictable. But they keep dragging out the same tired old shit... it's like a Nintendo conference.

    • Yeah, it was a rather obvious one. Also, you'd be a bit screwed if you had an uncontrollable facial twitch! /me wonders how many other people post for the sake of racking up the "April Fool" achievement

      • well lets see of the readers of slashdot subtract the ones now dealing with the conficker worm or the ones that just decided to stay off the net on this day and the ones that have an account but don't post

        oh several thousands

        face not a good input device keys hurt to much

      • by hurfy ( 735314 )

        I am sure we are all above that kind of behavior, aren't we?

      • /me wonders how many other people post for the sake of racking up the "April Fool" achievement

        Hmmm, slashdotters wouldn't be *that* shallow would we?

    • by Scutter ( 18425 )

      Most of the time, I can't even get mouse gestures to work reliably. Can't even imagine trying to get this to work.

    • It *could* actually work. We're already seeing natural gestures in touch. If you rig up a camera to watch the facial movements of a user, you could specify various movements to do things. Blink - close tab. Blink twice - close window. Wink with left eye - new tab kinda thing.

      • I picture a school report being done in the future on facial gesturing citing this as one of the early applications. Whoops!

  • When you start staring longingly at the screen while beginning to sweat a little, it knows what to do.

  • As if I didn't already look like a complete moron at first sight. Now I will look like a *grimacing* complete moron.
  • So... that whole thing about "don't make faces dear, someday it'll freeze like that" makes me a bit worried. What happens when I pull a muscle and all the sudden Opera takes it as my "O" face and keeps popping up porn sites?

    PS. Anyone else notice the Achievements section in their profile now? ^_^

  • by halber_mensch ( 851834 ) on Wednesday April 01, 2009 @09:13AM (#27414899)
    This technology was originally patented by Atypical Peripheral Recognition Intelligence Laboratories as "Facial Orientation Observation Language".
    • Atypical Peripherals? I thought most everyone had a face... ;-)

      Many of us frequently plant it in our desks with excessive force, particularly on the first of April.

    • I don't have Perl installed on this Windows machine. What does your signature do? (Assuming "eval" is replaced with "print")

      • It takes the string of hex characters and converts them to ASCII via the pack command, then executes the ASCII characters as perl code. Using any hex to ascii converter found on google (by the way, I'm surprised google built in converter doesn't know how to convert hex to ascii), the converted text is:

        print pack(q{H*}'q{467265654253440a});

        If you then run THAT command (as eval does), it then prints out:


  • ...Firefox announced that the latest upgrade has multi-threading capability, the awesome bar has been removed, all the memory leaks fixed, and that all new features will be bundled as add-ons rather than built-in, so that users have a choice whether or not to keep them installed.

    What? It's just as likely as face recognition! I believe it is also codenamed: FirePony.
  • OMG. LOL.

    Hey, this is great, my machine just typed that by observing my facial gestures! I didn't realise Safari already had this built in

    Oh, but aren't 'facial gestures' normally called 'expressions'? ;P

    Imagine the fun you could have if this was real - having a default action that recognised some of the more well known 'first goatse' expressions. It could learn them from the flickr group

  • What about The Onion? Are they supposed to post real news all day or something?

    Won't somebody think of The Onion!

  • If it were real, it would be pretty stupid. Why would anybody want to keep their face in a given position to use their browser? Not to mention outside distractions causing reactions that would throw off the browser. All in all, Google's CADIE [] is the cooler joke.
  • I could actually see this.
  • is really slow, this tech needs to evolve a bit snort post!
  • Oh boy, here we go...

  • So, what does the browser do when the user recoils in horror after clicking a goatse link? Zoom? Laugh? Redirect to tubgirl?
  • I hope this has a low-pass filter, otherwise people with a facial tic might wind up somewhere unexpected.

  • I have nothing relevant to say. I'm just whoring for the April Fool achievement.
  • by arkham6 ( 24514 )
    So funny. Really? Ok, not really. :)
  • ... the Achievements were the April Fools joke... :-)

  • I give it the finger? Or I make the universal sign for a programmer pulling his hair while trying to troubleshoot yet one more CSS layout issue?

  • What if you're a buttface?

    Will Opera just poop out on you?

  • Google just announced [] the ability to see the web in 3D using Chrome! :)
  • I wonder how hard it would be to do something like this with Flash []
  • For the "new" slashdot way :p

  • Granted, some of the stories are sufficiently plausible that it is hard to tell, but things like this? just obvious. And then people giving serious replies to them. Oh how I love thee /.

  • While this is obviously april fools, something like this could introduce some useful feedback to page creators. Confusion, anger and frustration could help them fix those stories broken across 6 pages with a million ads.
  • I've got facial tics and keep ending up at sites I don't want to visit. For instance, it's taken me over an hour to post this comment because it keeps whisking me off to Richard Simmon's fan site. I've bought "Sweating to the Oldies" and a pink wife beater in hopes that it wouldn't make me visit again, but I now find myself as a lifetime member. Some kind of confirmation would be welcome.
  • I'm sure I wouldn't get a good reaction out of my "grunting" face.
  • Achieved? Did I get mine? Woo?

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