Facial Regonition App Recognizr Coming Soon


The Astonishing Tribe has been developing a new augmented reality application for mobile devices. They built a software application called Recognizr that allows your phone to see who a person is and what social networking they are connected to. It will also link whoever it sees back to your address book profile and will display their name, address, phone number, and basically whatever information you stored for that particular contact in your address book.


After they demonstrated Recognizr at this years Mobile World Congress, Dan Gärdenfors, head of user experience research at The Astonishing Tribe, said they would partner up and bring the concept to the Android Market. Dan also says that there will be a commercial application launching within the next few months. Check out Recognizr in action:

Looks pretty cool from the demo video. It is a nice toy to play with and have your phone recognize your friends and be able to upload the photo to Facebook.. and have it automatically tag everyone in the photo based on the profiles you have set up for Recognizr. This looks like some very interesting software and certainly adds to your Android phone’s “coolness” factor.

[via ReadWriteWeb | The Astonishing Tribe ]

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  1. Any idea when u can try this?

  2. Wow! Well done, TAT. This app and TATHome could be showstoppers this summer. The Norse winter this year must have lent to lots of really productive time sitting at the development boxes!

  3. While it certainly is cool, it doesn’t seem to have much in the way of function. Basically, it sounds like it will tell you who X person is so long as you already knew who X person was previously and have tagged them in a prior photo or across several photos in an album… like how Picasa sorts thru faces… so this is doing…. nothing?

  4. this i believe is more a proof of concept…

  5. Their demo is not very convincing. Like “TF” said above, it *looks* like it can only recognize people that you defined. You saw how he dragged-and dropped social icons on his picture. You would have to do that for everyone for this app to work.

    So basically it won’t search your facebook, or contact book, or whatever …

  6. This could be the beginning of something very controversial… immediate identity retrieval of anyone you happen to snap a picture of. I’ve seen concern over talk of this functionality being built into Google Goggles, and I have to say I agree with it.

  7. recognizr puts facial recognition on android phones…

    Recognizr is an app for the Android platform which allows you to simply snap a picture and automatically pair up the face with publicly-available data and information stored on your phone. Created by the guys at The Astonishing Tribe (or tat for short)…

  8. Ok… so if it does compare it to peoples public albums where they have identified themselves… then if I’m going to get all up in someone’s face… wouldn’t I be better served by extending a hand and saying “Hi, I’m TF. Nice to meet you. What’s your name?”…

  9. I think you all just need to take a step back.

    1. Face recognition techniques have been getting better and more robust – I honestly think this app would perform pretty damn well at its task, on the condition its data set is finite i.e. you only have a set number of faces to recognise.

    2. This goes against the idea of using public photos to do this, while possible in theory, it would take far too long computationally to find a random persons face on the internet for details.

    This idea is awesome and the UI is executed excellently, I think it has limited use (from what can be seen in the video) but could have some great features added to it + if they open intents to the app, other developers might find some cool stuff to do with it as well :-)

  10. If they tie GPS functionality into it, then even if you don’t know them but they do have this program, that would greatly reduce the number of photo sets to scan through and compare. Creepy, yes, but we’ve been going down this road of creepiness for a long time.

  11. I think this is going to be…really coolish. I think.

  12. usefull little tool for the authorities to encourage people to send in info on folk that dont quite fit the norm and behave suspiciousley,like a muslim man with a rucksack on his back.gotta be a terrorist he’s a muslim isnt he?

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