06661907 is referenced by 142 patents.
The present invention discloses the detection of faces in digital images. Rather than subjecting the entire image (
) to computationally intensive face detection analysis, the image is instead segmented into regions (
) each of which has a substantially homogeneous color. Only those regions (
) having a predominantly skin color are then subjected to the face detection analysis. Preferably the face detection analysis is independent of facial color.