Google preps identity spotter app
Personal details in a snap
Ever been sat in a bar and recognised someone, but don't have the balls to ask where you know them from? Soon you can rudely snap a pic to figure it out.
Google is readying a mobile application that allows access to a person's personal details simply by snagging a photograph of them, CNN reports.
Of course, users would have to sign up to the service first - it isn't as simple as scanning millions of Facebook photos just yet. However, according to one of Google's engineering chiefs, Hartmut Neven, the software is almost upon us and the company is in the process of establishing how its privacy features will work.
This type of Big Brother-style search system has apparently been available for years, and Google has been steadily purchasing companies involved in such areas.
Neven's own company, Neven Vision, specialised in object and facial recognition development and created software that was embedded in Picassa to recognise family and friends within a photo album. Google bought the firm in 2006.
Another establishment, Like.com, specialised in scanning product images, but similarly covered recognising people in photographs. Google wrapped up the purchase of this one in 2009 and has since filed for patents in facial recognition technology.
While many privacy aspects have to be addressed first and Google has no specific release timeline, the software will surely surface soon and, if you're not careful, acting like a plonker when drunk could be more embarrassing than you think. ®
Google's idea of privacy
I can imagine it now... to be excluded from ID search just open a Google account if you haven't already, upload your photo (or more than one from different angles for more accuracy), and to prove authenticity enter your address with a scan of driver's licence or passport and as a final step a mobile phone number which will recieve a text message with a code that you must input into the form to confirm...
Just FYI... Check out Eden of the East...
Sure its Japanese Anime, but the concept is the same so that if anyone asks, prior art does exist.
I was thinking that a lot recently, AR barely existed when Eden of the East came out, and it was pretty integral to the show, there was the recognition system linked to a meta search system. All things that seem to have taken off recently (and strongly represent the things in the anime.)
The central premis being smart phones linked to a system that scrapped other databases as well as information directly linked into the system. Kind of an interlink of message boards, face book, streetview, ar, and every database publicly accessible. So you could take a picture of someone and it's instantly posted for people to comment on as well as it being able to search for any comparable images in any thing it can access.
Has to be said it's the kind of thing that's almost inevitable, as even now you could take a picture upload it to somewhere and ask for information about it and depending where you put the picture you could have answers within moments (some more informative than others.)
It's exciting and, scary, but the applications are fascinating. For better or worse.