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JRM Vol.24 No.6 pp. 1063-1070
doi: 10.20965/jrm.2012.p1063
(2012)

Paper:

Recognition of Face Orientations Based on Nostril Feature

Nobuaki Nakazawa*, Takashi Mori*, Aya Maeda*,
Il-Hwan Kim**, Toshikazu Matsui*, and Kou Yamada*

*Graduate School of Engineering, Gunma University, 29-1 Hon-cho, Oota, Gunma 373-0057, Japan

**Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Kangwon National University, 1 Kangwondaehak-gil, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do 200-701, Korea

Received:
October 5, 2011
Accepted:
October 22, 2012
Published:
December 20, 2012
Keywords:
human interface, operation, auto-wheelchair
Abstract

This paper describes a noncontactman-machine interface based on face orientation. Real-time images of an operator’s face were observed by a USB camera and changes in the dark area of the nostrils were utilized for the recognition of face orientation. When the operator faced up, dark areas of both nostrils increased in area, and when the operator faced down, such dark areas decreased, respectively. In contrast, the difference between nostril areas could be caused when the face was turn to the side. Here, these characteristics were reflected in face-orientation recognition. The interface we developed was applied to electrical wheelchair operation.

Cite this article as:
Nobuaki Nakazawa, Takashi Mori, Aya Maeda,
Il-Hwan Kim, Toshikazu Matsui, and Kou Yamada, “Recognition of Face Orientations Based on Nostril Feature,” J. Robot. Mechatron., Vol.24, No.6, pp. 1063-1070, 2012.
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