face recognition

Police push face recognition in anti-rioter campaign, but DIY effort shutters

Police push face recognition in anti-rioter campaign, but DIY effort shutters

Attempts to use facial recognition technology to identify looters involved in the UK riots last week have proved mixed, with security forces pushing forward with the software while an unofficial project has shut down due to inaccuracy of matches. The official software - being tested for the 2012 Olympics, among other events - is being used to identify potential suspects yet to be detained, the UK police told CBSNews; however, a Face-based app that might have allowed Facebook users to flag up those responsible has been axed.

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Facebook Privacy Practices Under Fire In Germany

Facebook Privacy Practices Under Fire In Germany

Germany's not the place to mess around with internet privacy issues. And the latest to come under fire is Facebook for its facial recognition feature that helps users to quickly identify and tag friends in photos. A German privacy official today has accused Facebook of using the facial recognition technology in a way that is in violation of German and European privacy laws.

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Face Detection API Added To iOS 5

Face Detection API Added To iOS 5

Back during Apple's WWDC 2011, when they highlighted several of the new features to come with Mac OS X Lion, one involved a demo showing face detection technology being used in the popular self-portrait app, Photo Booth. Now, it looks like that face detection technology will likely make its way to iOS 5, where it may be an integral part to many new apps.

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Police Get iPhone Facial-Recognition Add-On, Ignites Privacy Concerns

Police Get iPhone Facial-Recognition Add-On, Ignites Privacy Concerns

Police in the US may soon be getting an iPhone add-on that will equip them with a facial recognition technology called MORIS (Mobile Offender Recognition and Information System). The device attaches to an iPhone like a case and allows the police to take a photo of a person to determine if they are a suspect or have a criminal history.

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SG Comics Presents: Google & CNN Face Recognition Interview

SG Comics Presents: Google & CNN Face Recognition Interview

Last week we had an episode that seemed almost like an April Fools prank between Google and CNN. You would think that these two big shots wouldn't run into such a PR problem. CNN may have been a little too enthusiastic on their reporting claiming Google was busy at work developing a facial recognition app, while Google may have been hyper-sensitive given their run in with the privacy police in the past.

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Face-Recognition app lights firestorm between Google and CNN [Updated]

Face-Recognition app lights firestorm between Google and CNN [Updated]

If it had come a day or two later, the concept of a Google facial-recognition system could well have been one of the search giant's April Fools' pranks. Instead, it's prompted a war of words between them and CNN, tapping into ongoing concerns about privacy and the intermingling of our online lives and the real-world.

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Google Working on Facial Recognition App [UPDATE: False!]

Google Working on Facial Recognition App [UPDATE: False!]

Google is busy at work on a mobile app that will use facial recognition technology to identify people and access their personal information using photos found on the web. So presumably, if you were to Google someone using the app, you would not only get their information, but also photos of them, even if they are not labeled.

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Ubuntu Prototype Showcases Face Recognition to Manipulate User Interface [Video]

Ubuntu Prototype Showcases Face Recognition to Manipulate User Interface [Video]

For now, our computers are still generally accessed by the soon-to-be-old-fashioned keyboard and mouse. Even as touchscreens grow in popularity, we're still not losing our main points of input quite yet. But, that doesn't mean the PC has to stay in the "now" forever. Thanks to Christian Giordano, it's been revealed at the Canonical design blog that Ubuntu is currently in the process of creating a prototype that uses facial recognition, plus other sensors, to allow users all new ways to interact with their PC.

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Recognizr gives Android face-recognition skills [Video]

Recognizr gives Android face-recognition skills [Video]

One of Sony Ericsson's headline features for the XPERIA X10 is facial recognition, with the phone able to identify individuals in photos and link them to their entry in the address book.  Developers The Astonishing Tribe look to be planning something similar for all Android devices, though; Recognizr, currently a proof-of-concept, can spot people from a live camera view and surround them with links to their various connected content, whether that be a local Contacts entry or their online social networking profiles and blogs.

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Apple Tablet: Revolutionize old media, Can be shared by whole family, Facial recognition to boot?

Apple Tablet: Revolutionize old media, Can be shared by whole family, Facial recognition to boot?

The Wall Street Journal has dropped a major Apple tablet bombshell this evening – among the new surfaced rumors are that Apple envisions its tablet as a device that can be shared by various members of a household, and may even recognize their faces via a possible webcam.

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Sony Ericsson patent reads your face, builds a playlist

Sony Ericsson patent reads your face, builds a playlist

Sony Ericsson have patented a system whereby a cellphone could be controlled by facial expressions, shuffling between music tracks according to visual mood analysis.  The patent, titled "Generating music playlist based on facial expression", describes capturing an image of a user and using facial recognition to build a custom playlist depending on the listener's mood.

The system could either recognize moods by spotting particular facial characteristics or by comparing the whole face against presets; alternatively, a hybrid of the two might be applied. 

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iHouse SmartFaucet with face recognition & email

iHouse SmartFaucet with face recognition & email

We're told that water and electronics don't mix, but word obviously hasn't made it to iHouse.  The company has been demonstrating their SmartFaucet, a touchscreen-enabled tap that also includes a camera for face-recognition.  If you've ever wanted to check your email and calendar from your bathroom sink, here's the faucet for you.

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