Facial Recognition App Brings Online Stalking to the Real World

By Charlie White
|  Tuesday, Feb 23, 2010  |  Updated 1:30 PM PDT
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Facial Recognition App Brings Online Stalking to the Real World

A simple point and a click is all you need to stalk your latest prey with this new app.

What if you could point your cellphone's camera at someone's face, and then know that person's name, schedule, profile, and latest tweets?

That's the promise of Recognizr, an Android app prototype using a 3D model to recognize facial features, find a match on its server, and then superimpose that person's social networking preferences around his or her face.

Created by Swedish mobile software designers The Astonishing Tribe, it's astonishing indeed. Problem is, unless everyone opts into this service, it won't be particularly useful. However, if it were ubiquitous, imagine how easy it would be to act like you're using your cellphone, but actually be finding out that person's name standing in front of you — while you snoop around her Facebook profile.

Finally, Facebook stalking finds its way to meatspace! On a smaller scale, this could be useful at, say, a trade show or a party. Electronic nametags would be lots of fun, if everyone would submit to them.

The Astonishing Tribe, via Technology Review

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