Google Glass app InSight identifies friends based on what they wear

Yes, Google Glass sits in your field of vision, but what if it can actually enhance it? That’s what a team of Duke University scientists are attempting to do with InSight, and app that could find its way to the platform and allow for the identification of people based on more than facial recognition. It could determine who you are looking at based solely on what they are wearing.

For the app to work, you will need to gather a few samples from friends showcasing what they normally wear. The app uses colors, patterns, and textures to mark an individual (you can see where this could get complicated quickly). It might be useful for picking out somebody recognizable in a crowd. Imagine if InSight had the power to crawl the Facebook photos of all of your friends, quickly filling out a database of individuals linked to you.

The idea seems like a slightly heavy-handed approach. After all, you likely will have identified your friends visually on your own before a set of computer-powered glasses does so. But perhaps the use here isn’t to help you figure out who someone is, rather it could be used to instantly tag photos or geographically link you to friends. There certainly are a number of possibilities.

We want to request a “Party Mode.” Snap a quick shot with Glass upon meeting someone at a party and when we run into them again later the headset quietly reminds us of their name. Now that’s problem solving.

[via Engadget]

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  • Chimphappyhour

    I wear t-shirts and jeans. Good luck with that one Duke.

  • camelsnot

    he is identified as “dude with dbag hoodie who still says I owe him 2 dollars”.

    • Chimphappyhour

      I would give you two votes up for that Better Off Dead reference if I could.

  • Manbo

    I just want it to have a laser so I can zap mosquitos from the comfort of my chair in summer :)

  • iSteal

    is it just me or the Glass component’s FRONT in his Google Glass is BLACK/non-transparent???

    Google Glass looks awesome. Doubtlessly.

    hi-end Google Glass is like Porsche (and every other excellent product):
    beautiful and kind people will be beautiful and kind wearing Google Glass, ugly and evil (like Apple’s Philip Schiller and MSFT’s Ballmer) will remain ugly and evil wearing Google Glass. ;)

    Can’t wait to buy it!!!

    What color to buy: WHITE (more noticeable for other people) or BLACK (less noticeable for other people)^^
    Maybe tangerine?:D

  • Sinned66

    What? If you can’t tell your friends without those glasses you need REAL glasses! Now if those glasses can strip coeds as you walk along then I’m all for it.

  • Fr0stTr0n

    Ok glass, show titties