Facial recognition system could help teachers create more interesting lesson plans.

SensorStar Labs are a company that want to take classroom engagement to the next level with a system that uses facial recognition to find out just how interested a child is in the current lesson. The EngageSense system would bring Big Brother to the classroom, with a camera for every child in the room that records their levels of interest throughout the day.

Still in the research and development phase, webcams are used to record the various eye movements and expressions that cross a student’s face, which when combined with audio and algorithms can give a rough readout of how engaged students were throughout the class. Erratic eye movements, frowns, and confused looks are all signs that a teacher is losing the interest of their class.

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