A Face-Computer Interface
CheekyKeys lets you control your keyboard using your face.
View a fuller demo and more background on the project at https://youtu.be/rZ0DBi1avMM
CheekyKeys uses OpenCV and MediaPipe's Face Mesh to perform real-time detection of facial landmarks from video input. From there, relative differences are calculated to determine specific facial gestures and translate those into commands sent via keyboard.
This version 0.1 is hardcoded to my facial features, but thresholds can easily be modified. It's also built for a Mac keyboard, but you can also swap i.e. Windows key for Command simply enough.
The primary input is to "type" letters, digits, and symbols via Morse code by opening and closing your mouth quickly for
. and slightly longer for
-. Rather than waiting a set time after every letter, you scrunch your mouth upward once to finish a letter, or twice to add a space (end a word). Three mouth scrunches types enter/return.
The cheatsheet includes the full alphabet as well as special characters and hotkeys.
Most of the rest of the keyboard and other helpful actions are included as modifier gestures, such as:
shift: close right eye
command: close left eye
arrow up/down: raise left/right eyebrow
arrow left/right: raise left/right eyebrow + duckface (pursed lips)
backspace: duckface + double blink
zoom in: eyes bulge
zoom out: eyes squint
- repeat previous letter/command: double raise of both eyebrows
- clear current Morse queue: wink right eye, then wink left eye
escape: wink left eye, then wink right eye