Affordable Yet Robust and Precise Face Tracking using USB Cameras with Application to Designing Hands-Free User Interfaces

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AbstractThe applications of vision-based face tracking to HCI are evident. Face tracking based program control can be used as a hands-free alternative and/or extension to conventional pointing devices such as mouse, joystick, track pad or trackball. This can be used, for example, to switch the focus of attention in windows environment. Vision-based perceptual user interfaces can also be used to control commercial computer games, immersive 3D worlds and avatar-like computer generated communication programs. For users with physical disabilities, this technology offers a way of controlling an onscreen cursor by moving their heads. Finally, face tracking has applications in security industry, where it is a prerequisite for the next step of face recognition, in video-conferencing, where it can be used to correct the gaze direction, and also in video-coding and content-based image retrieval.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Information Technology; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number45856
NPARC number8913947
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