A More Awesome (But Maybe Creepier!) Way to Facebook Friend That Girl You're Talking To With Augmented Reality

The Astonishing Tribe's latest demo is Recognizr, an app that blends Polar Rose's face recognition tech with augmented reality and social networking—point your phone's camera at somebody's face, and their contact info and social networks will magically appear.

You have to join the Recognizr service and upload a photo to the database in order to be recognized, so it only works with people who've decided that, yes, if you take a head-on picture of them, it's okay for you to see their social networking info. The prototype app's built on Android, though Polar Rose's facial recognition tech will work on an iPhone 3GS too.

It's actually not really that invasive or creepy—it definitely seems even less so than another facial recognition social networking app from MWC—since it's completely opt-in, and really, the explosion of location-based services that broadcast where you are would seem to give people more pause. Or maybe these things should bother me more. Hello, I live on the internet. [TAT via Technology Review via Dvice]


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I'd bet the "recognition" is happening on the back end, not the device, so any phone that can take a pic and upload it via APIs should be able to utilize this.

Phones like the Pre will already automatically update your contact information based on your social networks— more than once, I've had someone share their phone number and address info by adding me as a friend— this would simplify the process significantly. No more opening a mobile site, finding the person, and adding them— just point and shoot, wait a minute, and they're in.

Well, more like point and shoot, wait a minute, get told that the image couldn't be recognized, try again, then go outside to see if the flourescent lights at the 7-11 provide enough light to take a decent pic, then discover that the person hasn't updated their pic since the sex change. But other than that, this should save a lot of time!