I first saw this demo quite a while ago, but could not remember where. Well, whilst browsing through some videos from New Scientist, I found a clue and now have found the video again.
Its a marketing video from a Swedish company called The Astonishing Tribe. And its certainly a very interesting view of a potential future. There are lots of applications for Augmented Reality and mobile phones, but one ‘holy grail’ still eludes people – accurate face recognition.
The desire is to have a mobile application that you can use to hold up your phone, have it recognise the person its pointing at, and then have it give you information about that person. If a social setting, maybe their Facebook profile. If a business setting, maybe a LinkedIn profile. If they are giving a seminar, maybe a link to their slides on SlideShare. Imaging sitting in somewhere like a busy station and being about to browse some basic information about the people nearby in the same was as one can currently do inside a virtual world. Thats the kind of thing people are thinking about at the moment.
Well, this company has an application, Recgonizr, that uses face recognition technology from Polar Rose, called FaceLib, that would appear to be a step in that direction. We may still be a long way away from recognising random strangers in a busy station, but this demo of theirs is still very impressive. More details from the readwriteweb.