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Google Glass Gets Facial Recognition App
FacialNetwork.com announced NameTag, the first real-time facial recognition app for Google Glass. The app is currently in beta, with an expected launch in 1Q 2014.
Google Glass wearers can view a person’s face through Google Glass’ camera and send the image wirelessly to NameTag, which compares the image to millions of records in its database. Once it finds a match, NameTag returns the person’s name, occupation, interests, and social media profiles.
“It’s much easier to meet interesting new people when we can simply look at someone, see their Facebook, review their LinkedIn page or maybe even see their dating site profile. Often we were interacting with people blindly or not interacting at all. NameTag on Google Glass can change all that,” according to Kevin Alan Tussy, NameTag’s co-creator.
NameTag users may customize their entries so only information they decide to display is shared. Information options for NameTag include business skills, relationship status, and a personal bio. “It’s not about invading anyone’s privacy; it’s about connecting people that want to be connected,” says Tussy.
FacialNetwork.com is also working on a program for matching dating site photos to entries in criminal databases such as the national sex offender registry.
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