First Results of our Mobile Health Innovation Project

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Last year we received an innovation grant from INNOLABS, for our project H2A2 – A Healthy Heart with Automated Assistance – to create an unobtrusive health monitoring tool. With an innovative technique, called remote photoplethysmography (remote PPG), heart rate can be detected from the face. This functionality is already available in FaceReader. Since this technique requires high quality recordings, we wanted to test whether it is also accurate when the camera of a mobile device was used. Together with our partner PLUX, a Portuguese company specialized in advanced biosignals monitoring platforms, and a Portuguese telecommunication company IT, we collected physiological ground truth data and video recordings from a tablet. This data can validate the heart rate assessment and emotion classification on a mobile device.


VicarVision – New York Empathy Calculator

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We finished our project for UpWorthy to develop an empathy calculator in New York City!
For a demo click the image below!
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Some interesting statistics:
+ There were 141 participants in total, 57% Female, 43% Male
+ Women registered significantly higher empathy scores overall vs. men: 86 vs. 81
+ As a group, young females had the highest avg empathy scores: Female 25-34 avg: 88; Female 35-44 avg: 86
+ By comparison…Male 25-34 avg: 83; Male 35-44 avg: 77
+ The avg. empathy of Married was slightly higher than Singles: 85 vs 83 respectively
+ The avg. empathy of Parents was significantly higher than Non-Parents: 87 vs 81 respectively

Follow your favorite Olympic athletes with

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Do you want to know which Dutch athlete gets the most attention? Or just easily track your favorites in Rio? With you can!


Media Distillery, Spraaklab, TNO and VicarVision have developed technology to analyze faces, voices and subtitles in real time to make targeted search in online video possible! This innovation was supported by the SIDN fonds.

Enter your favorite’s name in the search bar or stroll through the database of all Dutch athletes participating in Rio 2016. RioRadar shows the number of minutes your favorite athlete is visible or mentioned online.

Media Distillery is the technical force behind the audio search tool for the Dutch Business News Radio: This tool makes all BNR newsradio fragments searchable in real time, thanks to Media Distillery’s speech to text technology. Combining their expertise with VicarVision’s and other partners’, brings us at the dawn of a new search era.

Would you like to read more? Check out these nice articles from and!

FaceReader 7 released!

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To quote one of our main developers:

“Don’t settle for less, get the latest and greatest and fastest!”

FaceReader™ 7 is the premier professional software for automatic analysis of the basic facial expressions (happy, sad, scared, disgusted, surprised, angry, neutral, and contempt). With the new Deep Face Model, FaceReader is now able to analyze expressions under more challenging circumstances, even when parts of the face are hidden.

The software can now also estimate the heart rate of the participant by means of remote photoplethysmography (RPPG). This technique measures the small changes in color caused by changes in blood volume under the skin epidermis with just a normal webcam. This add-on module can give you additional information about arousal and offers better insights into the mental state of a participant.

Read more about the new features of FaceReader 7!

And if you want to make really cool applications with the newest version, just give us a call!