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Method for Selecting Viewer Preferences Using Face Recognition

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000022198D
Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 36K

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Kim Annon Ryal: INVENTOR

Abstract

By attaching a video camera (web cam) and to a set-top box, face recognition software can be used to select and authenticate a viewer, so that their specific preferences and privileges can be used.

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         Sony Corporation

         Sony Electronics Inc.

         IPD Case #50R4946

Title:

Method for Selecting Viewer Preferences Using Face Recognition

Abstract:

By attaching a video camera (web cam) and to a set-top box, face recognition software can be used to select and authenticate a viewer, so that their specific preferences and privileges can be used.

Inventor:

Kim Annon Ryal

Description of the Invention:

1.      The current method for selecting viewer preferences and privileges uses the remote control to enter a numeric password that selects and authenticates the viewer. This password is subject to the usual problems with protecting passwords from unauthorized use and requires hands on manipulation.

2.      By video camera (web cam) to the Set-top box (STB) face recognition software can be used to select viewers and authenticate their privileges.

Each viewer would register by looking into the camera and recording the biometrics of their face. This data would be digitally encoded and stored on a hard disk drive.

When the viewer stands in front of the camera again, his image is compared with the stored image. If they are matched, that viewer's preferences and privileges are used.

3.      I prefer a USB attached web cam because of its lower cost.

The face recognition software should look for live faces, so a color image (photograph for example) could not be used to fool it.

Commercial face recognition software exists. It might be used or modified instead of developing our own.