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Oki partners with South Korean mobile phone maker

Posted: 28 Aug 2006 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:Oki Electric? Pantech? FaceSensingEngine? FSA? Pantech?

Oki Electric Industry Co. Ltd has provided Pantech Co. Ltd, a major mobile phone company in South Korea, with FaceSensingEnginge (FSE), Oki's face image processing middleware to be used in their mobile phones. FSE is embedded in Pantech's SKY brand mobile phoneSKY IM-R100.

The FSE achieves one of the fastest processing times in the industry for face detection, facial feature detection and tracking functions, said Oki. It detects facial features in 115ms, delivers an ARM9 200MHz-level processing performance, and tracks facial feature tracking in 35ms. The FSE also includes a processing algorithm that is not easily affected by brightness, said Oki, thus enabling users to use it in various situations whether indoors or outdoors.

The SKY IM-R100 is Pantech's first mobile phone to be equipped with Oki's FSE. When taking a picture, the FSE automatically controls the camera direction based on the facial feature tracking function, and always adjusts the face to the middle of the screen. In addition, FSE can synthesize images in real-time synchronized to facial movements, and can save the result as a photo using the image synthesis function.

"Our SKY brand mobile phones are known for their abundant functions using the camera, and we have been looking for an image processing technology that utilizes the camera as a human interface as well as for entertainment," said E.J.Lee, general manager of product planning, Pantech. "What is amazing about FSE is that it can be embedded into a phone with limited CPU and memory but still provide high-speed image processing."

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