NEC is forming a strategic partnership with Realeyes, a computer vision and emotion detection specialist based in the UK. The two companies have now signed a Memorandum of Understanding, and will work together to develop and market a new emotion analysis solution on a global scale.
The decision was made with an eye toward the remote work environment that has developed in response to COVID-19. Much of the world’s economic and social activity is now taking place entirely online, largely because in-person meetings are unsafe during the pandemic.
NEC and Realeyes are proposing a solution that would make virtual meetings more productive. The platform will combine NEC’s video analytics technology with Realeyes’ emotion analytics tech to gauge people’s responses while they are using various video streaming applications. For example, companies could use the solution to track people’s emotional responses, and to determine how much attention they are paying to the information on the screen. That, in turn, will allow companies to tweak the user experience to make their own platforms more engaging.
The NEC and Realeyes solution will seek to take advantage of the emerging 5G ecosystem. It will also leverage NEC’s biometric authentication technology.
“Our combined technologies along with NEC’s scale will accelerate innovation in making virtual experiences more human in an age where ‘eyes on screens’ and connecting virtually is the new normal,” said Realeyes CEO Mihkel Jäätma, CEO of Realeyes.
“These developments help to enrich people’s lives and contribute to the realization of a safe, secure, fair and efficient society,” added NEC SVP Toshifumi Yoshizaki.
NEC has previously noted that COVID-19 will increase the demand for contactless technologies. The company has since agreed to provide facial recognition and temperature screening technology for several airports in Hawaii, and partnered with SITA to further improve the travel experience with automated passenger solutions.
July 28, 2020 – by Eric Weiss