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by Robert Werlinger Thu, 22 Jul 2010 9:19 am EDT

Theoretically, anyway.  I just caught a great session covering facial recognition on the iPhone here at OSCON by Alasdair Allen (the author of several O'Reilly titles) that delved into technology such as OpenCV and the in-depth coding methodology behind getting the camera in the iPhone to recognize and distinguish human faces.  The technology actually works in a similar fashion to how the human eye detects and differentiates faces: the shadows generated by elevation of the physical features of our face, instead of the features themselves.  

Since Palm's PDK allows iPhone developers to port their applications over webOS, and after a brief chat with Alasdiar after his presentation, it appears to be at least theoretically possible that an enterprising developer could utilize the methodology laid out in Allen's presentation and upcoming book and implement face recognition in webOS.

The applications of this technology are vast: Imagine being able to walk into a room, snap a picture of your friends, and have your friends automatically tagged in Facebook for instance.  What applications could you see?

Slides from the OSCON presentation can be found here, the author's webpage of related material can be found here, and a video demonstrating how OpenCV works can be found after the break!

 

OpenCV Face Detection: Visualized from Adam Harv on Vimeo.

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23 Comments

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fucking retard

Here is your Online Special Olympics gold medal. You're a winner, you are all winners.

Bring this on please - this should help with focus issues.

>>The applications of this technology are vast: Imagine being able to walk into a room, snap a picture of your friends, and have your friends automatically tagged in Facebook for instance. What applications could you see?

Exactly. I see no major benefit. Just another bell & whistle to show off.

This would be pretty cool to have, just of course not automatically posting the pic to fbook, but the option after if u want to submit it to fbook or twitter or email.

Perhaps it could work similarly to how Google's Picasa photo software works in that it auto-detects the faces and then offers them to you for tagging, identification, etc. It may not do the identification but could present the thumbnails for easier tagging. Just a thought.

have you used auto-tagging in Picasa? Itls nice but I'd say only accurate about 50 % give or take (in my experience, maybe my family looks too much alike confusing it)

someone should be able to port the facetime ap for us or make one like it.

no I know it's not related to this topic 'theoretically' but it's still in relation generally speaking.

that and I felt like saying it :)

someone should be able to port the facetime ap for us or make one like it.

I can't view the video on my phone because it's FLASH!

Well if it is facial recognition and not just detection, with a front facing camera it could get rid of passwords to unlock your phone. Just click a button, have it detect your face and boom, your device unlocks.

but then just anyone can hold a picture of you to ur phone and have it unlock, it should recognize something people don't really or shouldn't really have a picture of. You know just whip out ur snatch, call it beaver recognition technology.

Ok, now THAT was funny. Didn't see it coming at all. Thank you sir.

that would be kinda creeperish to just waltz into a room and snap a photo of my friends and have them automatically tagged on facebook. Oh I can definitely imagine that, and I'll walk right out too

wow that could so help me. I meet so many people each year that I suck at remembering names. I would do it and be sly and find out who this is and not look stupid again trying to fish someones name from them after we recognized eachother and they keep saying my name but I straight out forgot theirs because well.... I have the attention span of a gnat. Lol

i don't need this or want it.... Can i have FLASH instead ...

I really think there are more fundemental issues that HPalm really need to work out first. I would list them but they are getting old and tired now.

Nice to dream though..

(this was too long, I'll move it to the forums)

This could make sexting a bit difficult...

>"Imagine being able to walk into a room, snap a picture of your friends, and have your friends automatically tagged in Facebook for instance."


I'm sorry, but doesn't that sound rude? I mean, I would be pissed if a friend took my picture and automatically tagged it and posted it to Facebook without asking my permission. I don't understand people's obsession with Facebook... especially to the point of violating other people's privacy.

THe camera on the EVO has face detection already. Late!