Photography Technique

Is this the future of camera phones? Control your phone with your face!

Google has recently released its fourth Android 12 beta release, rolling this update out to Google Pixel phones last week. Part of this update includes an interesting new feature that enables users to control their phones with their face via Google’s Android Accessibility Suite. This is done via the front-facing camera, which is now able to read facial expressions and then perform certain tasks.

This new feature is called Camera Switches and is found in the Accessibility Suite. Google Pixel users were previously able to control their camera phone without the use of the touchscreen through a feature called Switch Access, which enabled the use of an external device such as a keyboard or mouse. However, mapping and interpreting facial expressions is definitely a futuristic step forward.

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