Face analytics can help identify your age, screen out inappropriate content in social networks, identify friends’ Facebook photos, and even let employees check in and out without a time clock.
At video chat network Rounds.com, for example, face detection analytics comes into play in a number of ways, said Natasha Shine-Zirkel, marketing director for the community in a recent phone interview. In one use, Rounds.com, a “hangout” platform allowing Facebook members to video chat with friends, play games, or listen to music together, introduces new friends using an algorithm to match people by profile data and face detection analytics to match them by age.
Rounds.com also uses face detection analytics to flag members accessing age-inappropriate parts of the site or those showing inappropriate images in the video chat section, Shine-Zirkel said.
In another example, dating community FindYourFaceMate.com uses the same detection analytics to establish matches based on similarity of appearance -- its unique premise, said Gil Hirsch, CEO and co-founder of Face.com, the company providing face analytics for this company as well as Rounds.com.
Face.com provides free APIs that developers can use to create a variety of applications for face detection and recognition software. It offers enhanced services for a fee, said Hirsch in a recent Skype interview.
In the case of sites like Rounds.com and FindYourFaceMate.com, the Face.com detection software looks at face attributes in photos but does not deal with identity, Hirsch said. For example, the face detection software identifies characteristics like profile, orientation, points of interest (eyes, nose, etc.), gender, mood, age, and whether the face might be smiling, wearing glasses, etc.
By contrast, face recognition analyzes images using either Facebook connections or independent databases to identify users.
With the simplest application, you can detect when a photo of you or one of your connections is posted somewhere within your Facebook network.
Another app, Celebrityfindr, locates photos of celebrities on Twitter using Google photos for recognition purposes.
Some companies are putting facial recognition to practical use, too. For example, employees at one construction site check in and check out at a construction site without having to punch a time clock, Hirsch said. The app requires a database of employee names matched with photos.
How might your organization put face detection or recognition software to use? Leave your comments below.
I recall hearing about this particular 60 minutes story but didn't actually see it. In my case, I can often remember a face from years ago when I meet or see a person again, but it often takes some time to remember the context of where or in what circumstance I've seen them before. With human beings, it also seems that some people are more recognizable than others, but this can sometimes involve other factors like a memorable conversation you had with the person the last time you saw them or a unique characteristic, like red hair or a distinct type of clothing the person often wears.
I think this method should work fine for all products as people having similar facial features may have similar buying habits. Facial characteristics may be linked to identify ones' cultural background, his/her mood and other features and this can be further linked to ones' expected purchases for all kinds of products, whether cosmetics, electronics, food items. A happy customer may be expected to buy ice creams while a customer in a bad mood might be expected to buy medicine :)
Fascinating Stuff and really complex. Turns out that some people are face recognition blind. 60 minutes did a story on it. Face Recognition is a function of the brain that companies like face.com must have studied. Other people have extreme face recognition. they can remember the check-out lady from 10 years ago.
"Face analytics can help identify your age, screen out inappropriate content in social networks, identify friends' Facebook photos, and even let employees check in and out without a time clock"
Shawn, that's the one reason most of the peoples replacing their snap by different avatars. This can help them to easily hide their identity. I don't know whether any company is following face reorganization method for employees. In my company we are following biometric standards.
While the Face.com TOS is pretty strict on privacy issues, especially where face detection software is concerned, I've mentioned before in this stream the technology being used here is not all that unknown in the marketplace and certainly others have been working along similar lines. So, yes, I'd say, the concern that some companies might use (or misuse?) this technology in a way that might adversely affect privacy is at least as valid as the concern about how large social networks and search engines may be managing the user data they collect.
There is such a world of information that can be gathered by facial recognition.
A note of interest, another way to identify people are by their ears. Ears are just as unique as fingerprings. "Through a new shape-finding algorithm called "image ray transform," which boasts 99.6 percent accuracy, according to a study presented at the IEEE Fourth International Conference on Biometrics Sept. 29, the outer ear may prove to be one of the most accurate and least intrusive ways to identify people."
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