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Image Metrics

August 15, 2012 10:00 ET

Image Metrics Unleashes the Groundbreaking Live Driver Technology to Mobile App Developers

Release of New Mobile App SDK Makes Real-Time Facial Analysis and Expression Tracking Available to Those Building on iOS

SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - Aug 15, 2012) -  Mobile app developers can celebrate: Image Metrics, a pioneer in the field of computer vision with numerous patents held in facial recognition, analysis and animation technologies, today announced the release of its groundbreaking Live Driver technology for mobile app developers building on iOS.

For the first time ever, the new SDK gives iOS mobile app developers the ability to easily integrate the real-time Live Driver technology into everything from character animation, video chat, and user-created content to augmented reality applications, games and social networks. The SDK uses the onboard camera found on iPads and iPhones to instantly capture, analyze and replicate the user's facial expressions, gestures and emotions. 

"With today's release, mobile app developers are able to integrate completely natural, intuitive and automated expression for the end user with instant calibration. No matter what the application, end users will be able to personalize their experience in compelling new ways with nothing more required than simply being themselves. We look forward to seeing the many creative applications that result from the new SDK," said Image Metrics CEO Robert Gehorsam.

Live Driver outputs facial tracking data and animation values for every frame of video at over 30 frames per second, giving users the ability to control their device using their face and head movements. The software is robust, designed to work in a wide range of arbitrary lighting conditions, and is optimized for a variety of appearances, including race, age, facial hair and glasses.

Technical Specs
The Live Driver SDK is a lightweight framework designed to either be integrated into a rendering engine to provide animation or used as an input device to other applications. An Android version of the SDK is currently in development.

About Image Metrics Inc.
Founded in 2000, Image Metrics is a pioneer in the field of computer vision with numerous patents held in facial recognition, analysis and animation technologies. The company's proprietary algorithms capture, recognize and analyze nuanced facial expressions and emotions in real-time using nothing more than a standard webcam, allowing companies to add compelling new consumer experiences to their products. 

Image Metrics also licenses powerful SDKs, including Live Driver, its real-time facial animation technology, and PortableYou, its avatar creation platform. The company's integrations include Sony Online Entertainment's MMORPG EverQuest II. 

Image Metrics is headquartered in Santa Monica, Calif., with a Research Lab in Manchester, U.K. For more information or to request a demo, please visit

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