What's new in FaceReader 8.1

FaceReader is the most flexible tool for emotion analysis – not only can you create your own dashboard, it is also possible to define your own custom expressions! 

The latest version brings you a flexible dashboard, in addition to the unique features and benefits offered by FaceReader:


Create your own flexible dashboard

FaceReader is the most flexible tool for expression analysis. In version 8.1 it is now possible to create your own Reporting Display. This allows you for example to combine FaceReader and Viso, and make a screen capture of the exact analysis output you need. Just select which windows you want to display, and choose your preferred size and position of the windows before capturing your screen.


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Create custom expressions

Design your own algorithms for analysis of workload, pain, embarrassment, and infinitely more by combining variables such as facial expressions, Action Units, and heart rate.

Remember the affective attitudes we added in FaceReader 7.1: interest, boredom, and confusion? In this latest release you can now define additional affective attitudes yourself and even share these with your fellow researchers. Find out if your test participants show fake or genuine smiles (Duchenne smiles) for example. This functionality is part of the Action Unit Module.


Record and playback audio together with video

The option to record audio as well as video makes it possible to hear what people have been saying – for example, during focus group discussions, human-computer interactions, or while watching stimuli.


Analyze left and right Action Units separately

This unique feature distinguishes the intensity of the active muscles at the left and the right side of the face separately. This is extremely interesting for research related to paralysis, muscular dystrophy, and more. This functionality is included in the Action Unit Module.


Recognize facial expressions in the dark

For use of FaceReader in areas with low light conditions, it is now possible to analyze infrared recordings.

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Measure consumption behavior

With the Consumption Behavior Module it is possible to analyze behavior of the test participant that is related to eating and drinking. For example, it can support your research in understanding eating behavior in relation to sensory signals like taste, smell, and texture of foods. Analyze chewing, taking a bite, and sipping behavior. Or count the number of sips, bites, and chews test participants take.

This add-on module is available for free on an experimental basis.


Capture heart rate AND heart rate variability (HRV)

The Remote Photoplethysmography (RPPG) Module has been extended with the possibility to analyze the heart rate variability (HRV) as well as the heart rate itself. Heart rate variability indicates how much variation there is in someone's heartbeats within a specific timeframe. It's an indicator of how well the test participant is recovering from general stress, for instance. The heart rate and HRV can be visualized as a line chart, and can be exported for further analysis.

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Introducing Baby FaceReader

Since young infants are unable to provide verbal feedback, their facial expressions can provide extra insights that help to understand their emotional reactions. Baby FaceReader automatically measures facial expressions in infants ranging in age from 6 to 24 months old and can help you:

  • Analyze infant responses to taste, odor, and other sensory stimuli
  • Detect the expressive behaviors that occur during parent-child interactions
  • Examine how the cognitive information processing of infants works
  • Address questions in developmental psychology related to affect and developmental disorders

Baby FaceReader is the first and only software tool that offers these possibilities! Baby FaceReader is available as stand-alone product or in combination with the standard FaceReader (please contact us for more details).

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