November 07, 2011

Mobile facial recognition promises clever new apps

Check it out:

Petapixel writes,

The video at the top of this post is a Polar Rose demo of an app called “Recognizr”, which recognizes people’s faces and provides you with links to their social media accounts.

Imagine a world where every person on the street can be identified by simply pointing your phone at their face. Curious about a stranger? Point your camera at them to pull up their Facebook profile. People who had concerns over facial recognition in Facebook photos are going to have a fit about this one…

I remain eager to see what developers can do in terms of building photography & design apps. If you see anything cool, give a shout.

Posted by John Nack at 10:56 AM on November 07, 2011


  • karl — 1:00 PM on November 07, 2011

    I’ll set up a fanpage for Minna Thompson and all Google users will find it. I’m rich!

    [Heh–I too wondered whether weirdoes would start trying to track her after seeing this. –J.]

  • J. Peterson — 1:26 PM on November 07, 2011

    New business opportunity: Recognizer defeating cosmetics.

    Subsequent arms race between recognizers and disguises should be entertaining.

  • Andrew Meit — 2:59 PM on November 07, 2011

    just a tad bit too close to Orwellian for my tastes and fear ;-) What about folks who had their face disfigured for many reasons..?!

    • Nat Brown — 7:18 PM on November 07, 2011

      Agreed. Kinda gives me the creeps.

      But color me a hermit.

  • john — 6:54 PM on November 07, 2011

    wrong … if you give 30% apple you will die soon…

  • Andrew Smith — 9:05 PM on November 07, 2011

    I suppose we will now have to wear a Guy Fawkes mask in order to log in anonymously?

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