Recognizr Makes Social Networking a Point-n-Shoot Operation

February 23, 2010

Augmented reality apps continue to out-creep one another with their ability to use mobile devices overlay information about things around you in the real world. Recognizr takes that idea one step further, applying that idea to people.

Using facial recognition technology created by Polar Rose, Recognizr allows users to point their phone's camera at someone's face and automatically display personal information about that person, such as contact info, Facebook profile, etc.

The software (currently) requires that the subject be a user of the Recognizr service with a profile picture from which the software can reference, which also allows that user to decide what information is made public and what is not.

You have to wonder how long it will be before we'll no longer need IDs and licenses, and will instead have our personal profiles uploaded to governmental and financial databases for use with similar software we might see a few years from now in the hands of the police, doctors, and even retail stores. Kind of amazing, and kind of scary. But mostly scary.


Source: Gizmodo