A group of biometric firms and academic institutions have announced that a joint project focused on multi-modal human-machine technologies has received funding from Horizon 2020 (H2020), an 80 billion euro (US$93 billion) European Union Research and Innovation programme.The project is known as FANCI (Face and body Analysis Natural Computer Interaction), with Israel's Ceva acting as the project coordinator. FANCI centers on integrating multiple human-machine technologies on a single platform for better power and cost efficiencies.German automotive industry experts HARMAN, Swiss face and speaker recognition solutions firm KeyLemon are all taking part along with nViso, SoftKinetic, Tobii Technology and the University of Siena.While nViso (Switzerland) is the provider of emotion detection software, SoftKinetic (Belgium) is a provider of 3D vision technologies and gesture software amd Tobii Technology (Sweden) is a provider of eye tracking technology. The University of Siena (Italy) as the developer of the application layer and the user API.Shay Adar, Director of Technology Collaborative Programs at CEVA and Coordinator of FANCI, said: “This funding from the European Union will enable us to accelerate our collaborative efforts to develop a fully- featured multi-modal platform for a highly-immersive human-machine interactive experience. Integrating all of these technologies into single reference architecture for embedded products will serve to validate the cost and power savings achievable and enable us to demonstratethe true capabilities of a fully-featured human-machine user experience.”