The PS Vita, Sony's upcoming handheld, contains more technology and gimmicks than Johnny Five - and naturally its forward facing camera is perfect for augmented reality. Sony have taken this one step further by implementing real-time facial tracking that translates head, mouth and eye movements into a cutesy avatar. It's deeply impressive for a handheld (and an interesting first step towards a new control standard), and we have a tech demo below.
The following video, courtesy of 4Gamer.net who attended the Tokyo-based Game Tools & Middleware Forum 2011, aptly demonstrates the Vita's facial recognition and head tracking capabilities. Sure, Sony need to either fix or completely remove the eyelid detection - but for a handheld, this is very exciting indeed. This tech can be leveraged both into games and communication tools, and we're looking forward to seeing what else it can do.
Oh, and it seems that Avatar Kinect has been blown away by a tiny handheld camera. Discuss.