Posts Tagged ‘face’

Has today been a good day?

Monday, April 16th, 2012

Last week, I came up with a quick hack, explained quite neatly by @crouchingbadger:

It was a bit of fun, even if it did seem to convince a group of commenters on engadget that I was a rage-fuelled XBox gamer. 🙂

There’s one big limitation with the hack, though: I don’t spend that much of my day in front of the TV.

It’s interesting to use it to measure my reactions to specific TV programmes or games. But thinking bigger, it’d be cool to try a hack that monitors me throughout the day to measure what kind of day I’m having.

I don’t spend much time in front of the TV, but I do spend a *lot* of time in front of my Macbook. And it has a camera, too!

What if my MacBook could look out for my face, and whenever it can see it, monitor what facial expression I have and whether I’m smiling? And while I’m at it, as I’ve been playing with sentiment analysis recently, add in whether the tweets I post sound positive or neutral.

Add that together, and could I make a reasonable automated estimate as to whether I’m having a good day?



Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

The visualisations on this page need Flash and Javascript. Apologies if that means most of this page doesn’t work for you!

This is my mood (as identified from my facial expressions) over time while watching Never Mind the Buzzcocks.

The green areas are times where I looked happy.

This shows my mood while playing XBox Live. Badly.

The red areas are times where I looked cross.

I smile more while watching comedies than when getting shot in the head. Shocker, eh?