To initiate or continue media playback on a device such as a smart speaker, the user needs to provide input, e.g., a voice command, touchscreen-based input, etc. This disclosure describes techniques to automatically recommend media content to users upon detecting the user’s presence, e.g., using facial recognition techniques. With user permission, media consumption, e.g., music, radio shows, podcasts, television shows, online videos, etc. of a user is analyzed to determine usage patterns. User-specific media suggestions are determined based on the usage patterns. When it is detected that the user is near a media playback device, e.g., smart speaker, smart television, etc., the media suggestions are provided to the user to enable instant playback of the media. The techniques are implemented with user permission. Users are provided with options to turn off facial recognition and the provision of media suggestions.
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Hennessy, Will, "Media suggestions based on face recognition", Technical Disclosure Commons, (May 17, 2019)