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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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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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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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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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