From a recent article from Famitsu Sony has said they have developed the technology to use facial recognition on the Vita, for example you can chat with someone and instead of them seeing your face, you can chat with your avatar and your avatar will mimic everything you do. Such as blinking mouth moving head movement ect.
Here is an excerpt from Famitsu: (translation by google translate sorry if its a bit hard to read)
Now recognize that technology is focused SCE. "In recognition technology to create new and surprising experience to the game is still an area of filtration伸Bishi" and Mr. Yoshikatsu Kanemaru. The concrete is illustrated in "facial recognition" and "markerless AR" it. About face recognition, there may have been a long time, and technically that is mature and is now also possible to recognize faces 10 years in increments. That emotion can be identified with considerable accuracy. As a measure to strengthen the face detection, and it has been able to detect stable in the face if they call the 3D glasses. In addition, PlayStation 3, in addition to the PSP, and that they are planning to offer versions of PS Vita. PS Vita respect, by enabling real-time recognition of a person entered the rear camera and front camera, so facial recognition and high affinity. Eyes and nose, and it can also be detected in units such as the mouth parts. At the venue, as an example of face recognition in PS Vita, was presented a technical demo to do a video chat with each other avatars. Here is recognized by the camera reflected in the avatar of the player's face PS Vita, Unadzui or those that are detected in real time or shake his head. Incidentally, for the opening and closing the mouth, face recognition is currently取Ri切Renai complete, he said that support the movement of the mouth to detect the sound while a voice out. Demonstration of technical terms here, there is no plan for commercialization. However, "For facial recognition, I want to append some of the entertaining" (Kanemaru) they have said.
This tech demo was just that, a tech demo. But they will not rule out the tech behind it. We may not get this avatar to avatar chat feature, but Sony will implement this tech into their games. Hope to see how much further this tech goes, and that the avatar to avatar stays in the final product or maybe an update. We have seen tech demos become full blown games, hopefully this becomes part of the Vita.
What are your thoughts on facial recognition?