Randomly surfing through YouTube I watched a video of a very popular YouTuber who goes by the name sxephil. A very interesting guy who updates us with all kinds of different news. What caught my attention was the site he mentioned, face detection. The creator by the name of Marko Dugonjic came up with this idea, project, experiment “Realtime Responsive Typography” which detects your face and tracks your eyes while you are reading. It tracks your eyes through your webcam on your computer and it adjusts the font based on your distance. Of course it is done with your permission, but people do not always rationalize accurately, do they? This is an article by Eric Limer, “You’ll Never Squint Again With This Automatically Resizing Font”, he is the one who introduces us to this project.
The conception is to make it easier for people to read whatever it is on their screen, without hurting their eyes. Creepy? I think so, but at the same time, the skeptical side of me argues that it is brilliant , mind-blowing and interesting. What do you guys think? Are you comfortable with the idea that while you are working on your computer the camera tracks all of your moves in order to “help” you, or “trail” you?
We discussed in class about web personalization with sites selling your information to advertisement companies, with google personalizing you news, but this may even be crossing the boundaries to our privacy. It is very frightening and exciting to think of the future, of the capability the computer has.