The all-but-forgotten PlayStation Eye, not one to be outshined by its prototype, unnamed motion-sensing PlayStation controller brother, will soon support facial recognition.
Says Sony Europe’s Head of Developer Services, Kish Hirani, the Eye will have the ability to “detect gender and even the age of the face, separate facial features such as the nose, eyes and ears, and even detect whether you’re smiling or not.”
And taking a page from Microsoft’s Natal platform, Hirani said the Eye will also support “skeleton tracking.”
Now, I’ll admit, these are cool features, but I do hope the update allows the PlayStation Eye to work in the dark. Facial recognition firmware update or not, for this to work Sony’s going to have to figure out a way for this thing to function from within the pitch black confines of people’s storage closets and attics. [Gamasutra Kotaku]