This App Helps Visually Impaired People Experience the Smiles of Loved Ones

By: Charlotte Joyce Kidd - Sep 3, 2015
References: listerine & lbbonline
With the help of mouthwash brand Listerine, two-time Oscar-nominated director Lucy Walker designed and built a smile detection app that helps visually impaired people recognize when someone is smiling at them.

The power of the smile detection app is showcased in Listerine's new commercial. In the short film, four blind people are given the new smile detection app. The platform uses facial recognition technology to cause a smartphone to vibrate when a smile appears in its viewfinder. Using the smile detection app, the film's subjects are able to once again experience the smiles of the people around them. In a final joyful moment, they are shown the smile of a close loved one.

The powerful emotional message of the commercial reminds viewers of the importance of smiles and the happiness they bring.