The Mood Lamp by Vittorio Cuculo shows how facial recognition can transform inanimate objects into communicative devices.

Italian developer Vittorio Cuculo hooked up an IKEA lamp to a computer with facial recognition software and enabled it to translate the emotional state of the user into a corresponding color.

According to the developer's paper about the project, the aim of the system is to “remove the mediation between human and machine typical of classic interfaces.” The interaction between man and machine is usually through speech, gestures, gaze tracking, and facial expressions. Cuculo puts emphasis on facial expressions because they figure significantly in non-verbal communication between people.

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