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Articles tagged with: facial recognition

Google Acquires Facial Recognition Company, Pittpatt

Google is keenly interested in upgrading its current projects and adding new and exciting features to them. Recently, Google bought Fridge, a social networking firm. Now Google has acquired PittPatt(Pittsburg Pattern Recognition), a face recognition software company.

Google Introduces Image-Search, Voice Recognition, + Instant Pages

Google is introducing new features, engineered within mobile devices, such as voice and image search to its traditional Google search box. The company claimed that they will roll out a speech-recognition tool displayed as a microphone button on the right side of Google’s search box for a select number of visitors on Tuesday.

For now, it will only be available on Google’s Chrome Web Browser, a browser that claims 12.5% of the web browsing market share. The new speech recognition tool was programmed to take input both from standard English as well as varying accents to help create a platform for everyone to use.

Facebook Rolls Out Facial Recognition, Worldwide

Facebook is proud to announce that the social media giant now has integrated facial recognition in its online platform. This new system allows content to be match with faces for an easier way to tag photos. Although tagging is still done by your friends, the new facial recognition software detects the face and pushes it like an advertisement on the right hand side of your friends’ screen.

This new system allows for quick and efficient tagging for those moments where you wish you could tag but don’t feel like being stranded down to the computer all day.

Sony Reveals Smart AR Technology

Sony has just revealed its new SmartAR technology that allows a device to recognize an object, even within a 2D object such as a poster, and animate it. Sony’s prototype will animate the creature and allow the user to manipulate the item by touching the screen directly. While this technology is in the infant stage, this will bring collaboration to whole new levels. Imagine designing a prototype on paper and showing a 3D version of it to colleagues.

Facebook Starts Using PhotoDNA

Facebook will be the first company other than Microsoft to use Microsoft’s PhotoDNA technology (a system that has greatly helped the fight against child pornography). PhotoDNA was developed in collaboration with Dartmouth College, that acts as a digital fingerprint from photographs to be able to find and identify other versions of the same images online. Microsoft had previously donated PhotoDNA to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Lenovo Convertible W/ Facial Recognition

Lenovo has started selling a new hybrid notebook that looks quite different than the current convertibles on the market. The new convertible is called the Ideapad 06517HU and features a 10.1-inch screen with Lenovo NaturalTouch multi=technology that can swivel 180 degrees to convert from a netbook to a tablet, hence the name. The convertible has an extraordinarily long battery life, integrated high-speed Wi-Fi, ultra-slim design, and weighing just under three pounds. Look out folks, this one packs an Intel Atom N455 processor with Windows 7 Home Premium.

Next Generation Television Watches Your Every Move

Intel demonstrated a focused on camera that recognizes both facial and gesture input at Intel Developer Forum, Beijing 2011. The demo begun by showing an avatar being controlled by having the camera map on the user’s face. This mapping allowed the user to control the avatar’s head movements as well as the facial features, enabling the avatar to laugh, smile, frown, or look confused.

The gesture recognition allows users to control and navigate the user interface with the wave of a hand. This hand waving allows photos to move from right to left, zoom in and out and rotate pictures in clockwise or counterclockwise directions. The next demonstration showed how the software uses facial recognition to determine how many males and females are present in the room, their age, and their emotion (happy or sad). The application uses this information to…