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Recognizr brings amazing facial recognition to Android devices

ReadWriteWeb just reported on an amazing Android app in development by Swedish company TAT. The app is called Recognizr, and it uses an Android phone's camera and facial recognition software from Polar Rose (remember them?) to identify people you point it at. Not only that, it shows which social sites they're signed up for, and links to their profiles.


Sarcastic stalker-related comments aside (I'm sure Recognizr will have plenty of privacy controls), how many times have you recognized someone at a conference or other large gathering and had trouble putting a face to a name? If Recognizr is all it's cracked up to be, you could solve that problem with a little subtle deployment of your phone.

The app works by matching the most distinctive features of the face: the eyes, nose and chin. This gives great results, but it still only works if the person you're looking at is also signed up for Recognizr. That's both a drawback (for those among us with weak memory for faces) and a huge relief (for those with weak stomachs for privacy violations). Recognizr is still a prototype, so it will be a month or two before this technology is ready the leap from sci-fi movie to commonplace reality.

For now, check it out in the video after the jump.

Tags: android, facial recognition, FacialRecognition, polar rose, PolarRose, profile, recognizr, socialnetworking