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FaceReader Methodology

FaceReader can detect facial expressions, and offers a number of extra classifications. Do you want to learn more about how FaceReader works? Read on!

Best practices FaceReader Online

Do you want to know how online facial expression analysis service FaceReader Online can benefit your UX and market research? Read on!

How to build an AV-Lab

An AudioVisual lab is designed to allow you to observe your test participants unobtrusively. Do you want to learn more how to set up an AV-lab? Read on!

Eye Tracking & FaceReader

Both eye tracking and facial expression analysis add substantial power to your research by providing information about attention and emotion.

Facial Action Coding System (FACS)

Coding facial actions enables a greater awareness to subtle facial behaviors. Recent advances in computer vision have allowed for reliable automated facial action coding.


FaceReader product videos

FaceReader Classifications Demo

Discover the realtime modeling capabilities of FaceReader.

Affective attitudes in FaceReader

Using the Action Unit Module, Facereader is able to detect the affective attitude 'confusion'.

Baby FaceReader

Baby FaceReader enables you to recognize the facial expressions of an infant automatically!


FaceReader measures emotions

What does your face say?

Curious what emotions your face shows? Upload a photo here, and our FaceReader software will test it for emotionality. The better quality the picture, the better the results! To get the best results, test only photos where your face is clearly visible. The lighting should be sufficient as well. 

Try it now and find out what your face says.


Customer success stories

How to measure emotions in the Uses and Acceptability Lab

Jean-Marc Diverrez, bcom Institute of Research and Technology

Sensory evaluation - Food science & technology

Prof. Susan Duncan, Virginia Tech

Social Media Lab: How people make sense of data

Tiffany Andry, University of Louvain



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