A Book Cover That Judges You Using Facial Recognition To Unlock it.

Book cover uses facial recognition to unlock

The Book Cover That Judges You by Art director Thijs Biersteker is a very cool prototype for the 2015 annual of the Art Directors Club Netherlands. The annual tome is full of great creative work that has been judged and awarded. Combining technology with creativity, Biersteker created a book cover that only unlocks when you approach it without any judgement.

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The Book Cover That Judges You

The mirrored inset in the cover is rigged with a facial recognition system that determines whether or not to unlock the book based upon your expression.

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Video of how it works:

Images of the technology behind it:
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In his own words, Thijs describes the project as follows:

How it works
The aim was to create a book cover that is human and approachable-hi-tech. If you approach the book, the face recognition system picks up your face and starts scanning it for signs of “judgement”. If you’re over excited or your face shows a skeptical expression, the book will stay locked. But if your expression is neutral (no judgement) the system will send an audio-pulse to the Arduino and the book will unlock itself.

We often worry about my skepticism and judgement getting in my way of amazement and Judgement should never hinder relentless enthusiasm of seeing things for the first time.


Created in collaboration with: ThisPageCanNotBeFound, Marlies Olbertijn and Adrien Jeanjean.

All images, video and info courtesy of Thijs Biersteker