face recognition

Google Glass facial-recognition service likely to stoke privacy fears

Google Glass facial-recognition service likely to stoke privacy fears

Google's Glass wearable could soon be able to recognize faces of those around the wearer, thanks to a dedicated service for human and object recognition that could be built into third-party apps. The handiwork of Lambda Labs, the special Glass facial recognition API will integrate into software and services using Google's Mirror API for Glass, crunching shots from the camera and spitting out the identity of people and objects it recognizes. Lambda Labs expects the system to be used for real-world social networking and person-location services, though also warns that it could eventually fall foul of impending privacy regulation.

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Forget creepy Intel: SHORE unlocks your face at a glance, and it’s already in use

Forget creepy Intel: SHORE unlocks your face at a glance, and it’s already in use

If you thought Intel's plans for a viewer-watching Web TV box were intrusive, you might want to bury your face in your hands (and leave it there permanently) after seeing Fraunhofer's clever and creepy SHORE facial ID system. On show at CeBIT, SHORE can not only identify a face in a still image or real-time video stream, but figure out gender, age, and even what mood the person is in: happy, surprised, angry, or sad. Meanwhile, while Intel's home entertainment tracking system is already mired in controversy, Fraunhofer tells us commercial implementations of SHORE are already out in the wild.

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Motorola Mobility announces Viewdle acquisition

Motorola Mobility announces Viewdle acquisition

Well, look at that. Yesterday, we caught wind of a rumored Google buyout of Viewdle, a company that specializes in facial recognition technology. The whispers yesterday said that this acquisition could be announced by the end of the week, possibly as soon as today. Sure enough, Motorola announced its acquisition of Viewdle today, sealing the deal and boosting Google's portfolio when it comes to facial recognition.

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Google close to striking buyout deal with facial recognition company Viewdle

Google close to striking buyout deal with facial recognition company Viewdle

Facial recognition seems to be all the rage these (depending on who you ask, at least), and now it seems that Google wants a slice of that pie. CNET is reporting that the big G has almost closed on a deal to buy facial recognition firm Viewdle, and that the buyout could close sometime this week. Google has reportedly been working for a year to purchase Viewdle, and if that's true, then its clear that Google really wants to add Viewdle's facial recognition technology to its portfolio.

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Facebook questioned over facial recognition

Facebook questioned over facial recognition

Facebook might be hoping to bolster its facial recognition features thanks to its purchase of Face.com, but US senators are drilling the company about the specifics. Senator Al Franken questioned Facebook about how the company is telling users about the face scanning feature, saying that it was far too difficult to find a notice on the social networking website that explicitly says facial recognition technology is being used.

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Facebook’s $100M Face.com deal official

Facebook’s $100M Face.com deal official

Facebook and Face.com have finally made an official announcement regarding their much rumored acquisition deal after nearly a month of speculation. The two companies did not disclose the cost of the deal, but insider sources previously revealed that the deal should cost Facebook about $100 million.

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Facebook’s Face.com buy confirmed

Facebook’s Face.com buy confirmed

Facebook is definitely buying Face.com, according to multiple sources familiar with the matter. Rumors of the deal quickly spread following Facebook's IPO and it's believed that the two companies have been in talks for quite some time. Sources expect the deal to be around $100 million and that lawyers are currently hammering out the details.

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Facebook tipped for Face.com purchase

Facebook tipped for Face.com purchase

Facebook seems to be on top of the world lately, with a massive IPO and huge media buzz surrounding the company. Several rumors have also cropped up over the last few weeks of potential acquisitions, and there’s a new one to add to the list. This time Facebook is tipped to buy Face.com, a facial recognition service. The price for the buyout it said to be between $80 million and $100 million.

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Apple files for iOS face detection patent

Apple files for iOS face detection patent

The US Patent and Trademark Office has just published a patent application today from Apple that reveals the company's plans for implementing face recognition and presence detection technology. Apple intends to implement the technology in iOS devices, including the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, as well as in its MacBook laptop computers.

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