Face-Sensing Headsets Show Your Real Expressions In VR

A cost-effective VR HMD that can detect biosignals in your face to bring your facial expressions and emotional queues into VR experiences to help improve virtual social interactions.

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VR systems generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment and provokes a user’s physical presence in this environment. But, such interactive systems don’t offer a quick, easy way for you to express your emotions. To fulfill this requirement too, Medical device maker MindMaze developed a novel, compelling VR mask i.e., face-sensing headsets.

In actual, these face-sensing headsets is a foam embedded with eight diodes that commonly used in most headsets. The diode reads electrical impulses and muscle activity from user’s face. Whenever a user makes facial expressions, it analyzes the data by using machine learning algorithm. It then reflects the user’s avatar in the virtual world.

MindMaze said, “In case you’re feeling iffy about the idea of strapping diodes on your face, you shouldn’t worry. We have produced Mask with the same amount of attention to health impacts as it does its other medical devices.”

Its speed is something as the company wants. It is important as lag can take away from the realism of any interaction. But this is not commercially available yet. The company is licensing its technology to manufacturers to embed inside headsets.

The face sensing headsets hold the potential to get deduce from the opponents’ faces when they’re preparing to shoot or see a new acquaintance laugh at your joke in social VR scenarios.

Now, the developers are planning to reach out to developers when its partnerships are more firm. Through this, the headset will release an SDK for the creation of avatars and players that not only express emotions but can react to them as well.

MindMaze CEO and founder Tej Tadi said, “the team has been talking to major headset manufacturers like Google, Oculus, and HTC in various stages. And we are working on the best way to bring it out by the holiday season.”