The Opera team is never shy when it comes to introducing new features in the company's Opera web browser that are then copied by other browser companies and developers, and added to those web browsers as well.
Their newest feature is called Face Gestures and as the name implies, it allows Opera users to control web browser functions with their face. A webcam is obviously required to use the face gestures as is the latest alpha release of the upcoming Opera 10 web browser which can be downloaded from the announcement page.
The face gestures feature can be enabled in the web browser by pressing F8. Opera will automatically calibrate the passive facial expressions of the user sitting in front of the webcam. It is important to stay calm and passive during that phase so that the calibration will be successful.
A set of facial gestures stand at the user's proposal after the calibration phase. It is possible to go back and forward in the browsing history, zoom in and out of pages, reload, open the homepage or speed dial page, open tabs and bookmark pages using nothing but facial expressions. The Opera team created a video that is showcasing the feature in detail
The release announcement contains a section at the bottom that is addressing known problems with the facial gesture feature. This includes beard and hairstyle problems as well as adult and financial site related ones. The latest Opera 10 Alpha snapshot containing Facial Gestures can be downloaded from the Opera website.
Update: It should be clear by now that this has been an April Fool's joke by Opera. Opera will not offer Face Gestures as described in this review. The webcam requirements make it an impractical implementation, considering that many users do not have a webcam and that it would not make sense to add features to Opera that only a minority of users would use.Advertisement
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