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Jul 23, 2011

Google Acquires PittPatt, Wants to Know You on a Face-to-Face Basis

Google's quietly pitter-pattering its acquisitive ways back into the controversial realm of facial recognition technology. To do that, the company busted out its oversized wallet to fold Pittsburgh-based PittPatt into the Mountain View borg. Founded by a trio of PhD's from Carnegie Mellon University, this three-man strong outfit specializes in the sort of object recognition software you've come to know as "tagging." Is this a reversal of the Do No Evil tech giant's prior waffling on the dubious visioning tech, or just another massive weapon in its social networking crusade against Facebook? 

The company's new employees aren't exactly playing their cards for us to see. A brief statement on the triumvirate's site makes vague mention of "computer vision technology" being core to Google's products and points to the tech's planned integration in photo, video and mobile applications. So, basically, expect to see Picasa, Goggles, YouTube and Google+ watch you as you flaunt your internet celebrity ways to that front-facing camera.
 
 

11 comments:

DIYgaming said...

Pretty cool technology there

Skeng said...

Not long till they take over the world.

I wonder if this tech could be implemented into sunglasses so that you never have to learn/remember people's names. Now that would be cool

Mark said...

Those do sound like some awesome sunglasses Skeng, maybe one day.

DJ Rhino said...

Haha. Pretty cool! You can do almost anything with technology nowadays.

leanmeansteen said...

google goggles are gonna be so cool

BigOryx said...

somtimes google is scares me... :-/

1ockedand1oaded said...

Google reminds me of CorpseCorps. :P Privatised police.

ghostman49.5 said...

Anyone getting the feeling that Google is becoming too powerful, or is it just me?

SoreLosersGaming said...

Google just want all our informations. ALL OF THE THINGS!

Cornbread The Poohbear said...

want

Hot New Music Today said...

Google will come knocking someday.