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Fotonation Partners to Showcase International Face Imaging Scientists

Burlingame, CA, October 25, 2007 – FotoNation®,, a world-leading provider of embedded imaging solutions for the imaging industry, announced today that they have partnered with 6Sight and PMA to showcase some of the best international research scientists on face-based imaging technology at the 2007 6Sight® Future of Imaging Conference in Monterey, California on November 8, 2007.

The presentation, entitled, “The Human Face: Leading Edge Technologies to Detect and Analyze Faces” features leading face-based imaging scientists:

Marian Stewart Bartlett, Ph.D., Associate Research Professor at the Institute for Neural Computation, will present real-time facial expression detection, a computer-based system for real time detection of basic emotions (happy, sad) and facial expression, such smiling and blinking.

Dr. John Ghent, Professor, National University of Ireland, will demo real-time face synthesis that shows how photographs of faces can be morphed into expressions not captured in the original image, such as changing the expression a subject’s face from a frown to a smile. Ariel Shamir, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer at the Efi Arazi School of Computer Science, will show seam carving – a new approach to image scaling that preserves key scene features, while reducing non-essential elements.

Eric Zarakov, Vice President Marketing, FotoNation, will present a new face technology to be announced.

FotoNation organized “The Human Face” presentation to share the latest developments on face-based imaging technology. This presentation is part of the two-day 6Sight executive event that will focus on the explosive global spread of imaging technologies and its potential for exciting new opportunities to improve people’s lives in the work, home and community spheres.

“We have a rich and successful history of working closely with academia to commercialize some of the most cutting edge research in embedded image processing. Research in face detection is still in its infancy and there is a tremendous amount of new capabilities that can be brought to the mass market,” said Eran Steinberg, CEO, FotoNation Inc. “The 6Sight conference is one of the premier forums in our industry and we look forward to presenting the latest research to the market leaders who will be attending.”

“The human face has always been the single most important focus of imaging, from the earliest days of the photography industry to today’s face-detecting cameras,” said Alexis Gerard, President of Future Image, Chair of the 6Sight conference and author of ‘Going Visual.’ “We’re excited to be working with Fotonation, a renowned technology and thought leader in this area.”

6Sight® The Future of Imaging is an executive-level conference that explores the transformative impact of recent and forthcoming imaging technologies on businesses, homes and communities. Technologists, marketers, futurists, artists, educators, high-volume users and members of the media come together annually to preview breakthrough technologies, envision innovative uses, and spark new ideas and alliances that promote the interests of the participating companies and the industry as a whole.

The program emphasizes interactivity, rich media presentations and high-level connections among participants. 6Sight was created by Future Image Inc., an independent center of expertise on imaging technology and publisher of The Future Image Report, and is co-produced with the Photo Marketing Association (PMA) and with the Association of Imaging Executives® (AIE®), a PMA® member association of photo imaging leaders who shape the strategic growth of the global imaging industry.

FotoNation is a world-leading independent provider of embedded imaging solutions for the digital image capture industry. The company’s extensive portfolio of patented innovations includes in-camera red-eye removal technology, dust detection and removal, face tracking, and face identification. FotoNation develops innovative solutions, patents, and products to enhance, extend, and simplify the picture taking and sharing experience.

Clients include AOL, Canon, Hewlett-Packard, Kodak, Microsoft, Minton, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Samsung, Sanyo, Sony, Texas Instruments and Zoran among others. FotoNation has won numerous awards, including the DIMA 2006 Innovative Product Award and the prestigious 2006 European IST award for its Red-Eye Detection and Correction Technology. More than 2 out of 3 digital cameras sold today contain FotoNation Technology.

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