I was reading the Metro Newspaper today and on the Front page of the newspaper was the headline “Facebook Knows what you look like...and now it’s hunting for photos of you”. I'm sure most of us value our privacy but Social media giant, Facebook has already viloated that in so many ways, and this is just another way in which they are doing that. I’ll certainly be looking for ways to opt out of this one!
Going back to Facebook, with all this commotion around their face recognition tools, I looked more into this and have found a few nifty tools and apps that may be of interest to some of you:
http://face.com/ have a range of different tools that you can use:
- Face.com’s face Recognition API offers a platform to developers for developing their own face recognition tools.
- Photo Finder – you can use this tool to find lost photos of you and even your friends on Facebook. You may even come across some pictures that you were never aware of!
- Celebrity Finder – you can use this to locate publicly available photos of your favourite celebrities on Twitter.
We then have http://www.findyourfacemate.com/ - this tool allows you to search for people who have similar facial features to yours. All you have to do is upload a photo of yourself and the tool will start searching its database for a match.
Just for fun, I uploaded a picture of a cartoon to see if it could recognise that as a face. Fortunately, the face recognition tool is very much advanced and can detect that a cartoon is not an image of an actual face!