SmileCheck Technology Coming to a Digital Camera Near You

SmileCheck Technology FotoNation, a provider of embedded imaging solutions for the imaging industry, announced the availability of licensing for “SmileCheck.” SmileCheck is a new technology to detect smiles in portrait photos taken by digital cameras and camera phones and is being debuted at the 2008 Photo Marketing Association (PMA) Convention, held this week from January 31-February 2, 2008 in Las Vegas.

SmileCheck enables a new type of picture taking mode called “Smile Shutter” in digital cameras. Once the camera’s trigger button is depressed, the shutter is not engaged until smiles are detected on all faces within the frame, ensuring photos with all smiles. Markets for this new technology include high volume portrait studios, school and event photographers, and identity photography, such as passports and badge ID cards for simplifying workflow.