PRESS RELEASE: Tessera Licenses FotoNation FaceTracker Technology to Casio
Innovative Face Tracking Technology Enables Improvements in Portrait Image Quality for EXILIM Series Digital Cameras
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:TSRA), a provider of transformational technologies that enable innovation in next-generation electronics, today announced it has licensed its FotoNation® FaceTracker solution to Casio Computer Co., Ltd.
This innovative technology, which provides in-camera face detection and tracking for digital still cameras, camera phones and other imaging devices, will enable Casio to offer automated, enhanced image quality in its EXILIM digital cameras.
“By including the FotoNation FaceTracker solution in Casio’s high-quality EXILIM digital cameras, we will provide an easy and non-failure operation to consumers,” said Susumu Takashima, managing director, Digital Camera Engineering Department, Casio. “Our EXILIM line will continue to build on the latest advancements in image technology from Tessera.”
The FotoNation FaceTracker solution detects and tracks faces in the camera monitor screen. It can detect up to 10 faces in one image in as little as 0.1 seconds, and continue to track them moving throughout the image, even in rotation or profile. The camera uses “face data” to adjust image capture settings such as exposure and focus, which results in human subjects that are well-lit and well-focused, even when backlit or off-center.
“We are very pleased that a leading digital camera company such as Casio has chosen to include our FotoNation FaceTracker technology for the consumer digital camera market,” said Mike Bereziuk, executive vice president, Imaging & Optics, Tessera. “By including our FotoNation FaceTracker solution in its EXILIM cameras, Casio will offer better images with a fast, flexible, high-performance solution for the most important part of our photographs – the faces of our families and friends.”
The FotoNation FaceTracker technology is currently available for licensing from Tessera. For more information, please go to www.tessera.com.
About FotoNation Technology
The FotoNation family of technologies from Tessera provides leading embedded imaging technology to the digital photography industry. Two out of three digital still cameras sold today contain FotoNation technology. FotoNation FaceTracker face detection and tracking technology enables improvements in portrait image quality. FotoNation Red is the de facto standard for embedded red-eye detection and correction technology. FotoNation FaceTime technology enables easy set-up and capture of self-portraits and group shots that include the photographer.
Tessera Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:TSRA) provides industry-leading manufacturers with transformational technologies that enable next-generation electronics, optics and imaging solutions. The company licenses its innovations, as well as delivers products based on these innovations to promote the development of the supply chain infrastructure, enabling manufacturers to get the right product to market, at the right time. Tessera is headquartered in San Jose, California. For information call 1.408.894.0700 or go to www.tessera.com.
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(First posted on Monday, September 8, 2008 at 11:03 EDT)