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iPhone 5 to feature facial recognition APIs

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iPhone 5 to feature facial recognition APIs
It looks like Apple is finally putting to use its acquisition of Polar Rose. Polar Rose co-developed the facial recognition app Recognizr with TAT (The Astonishing Tribe). TAT was then acquired by RIM and is working on bringing facial recognition to BlackBerry, while Polar Rose was acquired by Apple, and has brought facial recognition to the upcoming iPhone 5. 

The news does have a twist though. Currently, there is no word that Apple is going to be using the facial recognition in any of the proprietary iOS apps. Apple has used the facial recognition in the newest version of Photo Booth found in OS X Lion, so it's possible that the mobile version of Photo Booth will also have the features, but it hasn't been confirmed. Instead, Apple has decided to open up APIs to allow 3rd party developers to use the facial recognition features in their own apps. The APIs include calls for positions of the person's right or left eye, and mouth. 

Some will highlight that these open APIs will lead to far more interesting implementation than you might find had Apple kept the tech for its own personal use, and it is true that 3rd party devs will make some incredibly cool stuff with these features. However, we can't help but be a little cynical, and think that Apple only opened the APIs in order to avoid any personal responsibility in the privacy fire storm that facial recognition is sure to bring. 

source: 9to5Mac via Mashable

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posted on 27 Jul 2011, 12:06 1

1. dandirk (unregistered)


I think the rumor and flood gates have been officially opened for iphone 5! Now the real news and features should be coming out, with a bit over a month til release.

I read somewhere that 1200 new api and 200 new features will be in iOS5. Will be cool to see what they are.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 12:19 2

2. doubler86 (Posts: 317; Member since: 26 Jan 2011)


The best part about this post, it was all done on a Samsung and not an iPhone.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:14 5

8. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


where would iOS be without android to steal from? lol

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:04 3

9. 530gemini (Posts: 2198; Member since: 09 Sep 2010)


Let me remind you that the iphone came out before any android devices did. And if Apple stole from android, why aren't they suing Apple? You can only say that Apple stole something if proven in court. Otherwise, you're just making up stories.

Again, the fandroids started it.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 14:44 3

10. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Ohh gosh, Apple was illegally tracking people, then iPhone was mysteriously snapping photos of people without their consent, & now they will start having a record of people's faces with this facial recognition software. Let's see what is the next fiasco Apple gets themselves into because of this facial recognition. I hope nothing goes wrong. The next big Apple idea is going to revolve around the customers DNA or something. lol

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:01 4

12. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


illegal secret tracking + facial recognition.. ya.. thats not a world I want to be part of. And then when you get in trouble, u cant even call someone.. lol.

Let me remind you that android is 8 years old. Way older than iOS.

Can you find me a law that says I cant say something is stolen unless I take them to court?

Besides, why does google care? They make money on android and iOS and everyone else. They only care if u mess with their phone suppliers it seems, not the OS.
That could be because android is........ open source!? ooooh!

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 19:12 2

28. ardent1 (Posts: 1991; Member since: 16 Apr 2011)


@remixfa, that is a stupid argument when you wrote: "Let me remind you that android is 8 years old. Way older than iOS."

Android the company may be 8 years-old, but android the commerical OS is barely 3 years old. In contrast, Apple the company (founded in 1976) is over 30 years-old and has been writing software since then.

For the record, iOS 1.0 was released June 2007 (for the iPhone) while Android OS 1.0 was released in Sept. 2008.

Therefore, remixfa, get your facts right -- how can you be so STUPID???

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:00 2

11. Roly123 (unregistered)


Yea right. Apple is a leader and Android is just a sad wanna be follower. Apple leads in innovation, technology and quality etc. Your just in denial like all fandroids.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:19 4

13. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


does android have facial recognition?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:44 5

17. Heatfan316 (unregistered)


Who cares about facial recognition, besides if the phone recognized your face the phone would probably break, that goes for your butt buddy Gemini also.crapple trolls

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 18:06 2

24. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


the paper does say android OS! google has face recognition so im pretty sure android will be getting it integrated into it pretty soon.

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 10:09

39. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=1166054

posted on 29 Jul 2011, 15:11 1

41. readingthissh1tdidntlogin (unregistered)


yes it does with it's future release of ice cream sandwich. facial recognition was annouced on a future update of android before Apple announced it on iOS5 but then again, is there a patent for it and who came up with the idea first, the world will never know

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:43

32. E.N. (Posts: 2223; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


Why is it that in every single post about Apple Android users just come flooding in.

Facial recognition is a nice feature and the developers will probably take advantage of it and make some good apps. If you don't like it (or mad that its on iPhone and not Android) then too bad!

But don't worry, just like Android immediately "borrowed" gyroscope, I'm sure this will make its way to Android soon

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 10:15

40. protozeloz (Posts: 5367; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)


you mean like this?
https://market.android.com/details?id=visidon.AppLock

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:19 2

14. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


and you know this how?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 12:21 4

3. messiah (Posts: 433; Member since: 19 Feb 2010)


the video is a android video though... samsung phone and stampede at the end by android os.... oh apple, you hate the competition but you rely on them for tech, inovation, internet, and video....

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 12:46 1

6. iwebdroidberry7 (Posts: 230; Member since: 17 Jan 2011)


Thats not an Android phone. Or is the market so saturated now that you can't even tell the difference?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 13:13 2

7. remixfa (Posts: 13902; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)


Actually, Unless I'm mistaken, that is an older galaxy i7500...
which is most definately an android phone. Its a weaker one though, so if that is right then it doesnt take too much hardware power to use the software.

The buttons on the face of the phone narrow it down pretty quickly.

http://www.phonearena.com/phones/Samsung-I7500L_id3960

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:21

15. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


more than likely you're mistaken. You're almost always wrong.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:35

36. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Google bought Android. You were saying?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 12:26

4. Ladd Russo (unregistered)


thats some slick eden of east type software there

http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_g3j6D_iGpGQ/TBjH2m18zbI/AAAAAAAAAWs/y-gVlu81qhs/s1600/eden-of-the-east.jpg

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 12:43

5. dandirk (unregistered)


oh no what are we going to do... an iphone user and android user in the same room not yelling at each other.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 15:23

16. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Once again Apple is leading the way with innovation and the rest will follow. Well android may not because they're soon to be banned from the US. You can still get iPhone knock off phones in Asia made by Samsung though.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:02 4

18. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


soo... android will do it better :)
and where the hell did you come up with android being banned isheep??
.. haha that was just funny loser

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 18:10 1

25. rican (Posts: 132; Member since: 02 Jul 2011)


innovation? facial recognition is nothing new, for god sake they didnt even invent it they bought the damn company that developed the APP!!!!!! not the actual facial recognition technology.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:09 4

19. TacoIsGay (unregistered)


Leader in innovation? Apple BOUGHT a company that does facial recog...they jammed it into a phone that most likely wont make phone calls...again, s**t is still just s**t even if you s**t first it doesnt make your s**t not s**t lol

Try to keep up

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 17:27 2

21. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


for being a s**tty phone.. it does sell millions.. I wil take that anytime.. s**tty iphone that sells million and gives me an amazing amount of revenue. or a state of the art phone that will be outdated bt the manufacturer in 3 months... and doesnt even compare in sales ot the once again.. shtitty iphone...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 17:43

22. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


What i dont get is why isheep keep talking like the Iphone will make them money??? lol!! the iphone makes apple money not you isheep.. you as isheep are stuck with overpriced now outdated phone.. if isheep werent so brain washed about it, it would be worth nothing anymore

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 17:57

23. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


and how much does Androids makes you make..... thats what I thought.. i was talking as a business.. my fault for not explaining i tend to do that a lot... all i am saying is.. there is not a bad product out there that sells.... so simple ..thank you galaxy... for calling me iheep based on a simple comment... great name bytw .. I love the super mario galaxy...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 18:33

26. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


im never saying android makes me anything.. i choose android simply because i can make it unique and does everything i need.. yea there is no bad product that sales your right, but since the iphone was one of the first nicer touch screen phones most people are stuck with the mantality that its the one and only best phone. Thats not true anymore now there are better phones, im not saying iphone is a bad product but you speak of it as its a perfect device.... i havnt played super mario galaxy lol

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 19:09

27. gallitoking (Posts: 4680; Member since: 17 May 2011)


I apologise for making it seem like the iphone is perfect.. i think there is no perfect device about there.. only prefect for you ( sorry for the cheesy line but i am in love)... take care and thank you for replying to my comments...

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 19:24 1

29. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)


perfect for mee?? nope trust me there is no perfect device .. ever .. lol we as human never have enough... your welcome gallito, thank you for going along with my nonsense lol

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:24

31. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)


Who's the sheep when you name yourself after a phone douche

posted on 28 Jul 2011, 07:42 1

38. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 3736; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)


Wait GALAXY-S is now being made fun of by taco50 because he named himself after the Samsung Galaxy S? You taco50 named yourself after food! You know a taco. So I guess you like tacos & probably eat 50 at a time huh? I would watch my health is I where you. lol So with your “logic” you are a sheep because "you name yourself after a taco douche" taco50 can you see how stupid your comment is? It's not even fun reading your posts anymore. I lose brain cells reading your posts because of how dumb they are. You sound like an inferior minded person handicapped by plain and unadulterated stupidity. How can you formulate a comment like that? You make fun of GALAXY-S's name when yours is taco50. WHAT?!? lmao You are a true marvel of the human race. You are a legend that won't be topped for the next 100 years. People like you only come once every 100 years. You are SPECIAL. (Special ED) lol Ohh I hope your Mom & Dad paid your phone bill. (Just looking out for my favorite 16 year old!)

taco50 YOU ARE THE BOY! lol

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 23:41

37. stealthd (Posts: 911; Member since: 12 Jun 2011)


Google bought Android, so I guess using your logic nothing Android does can ever be innovative.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 16:23 2

20. TacoIsGay (unregistered)


Actually lots of cameras use facial recog...OMG APPLE IS STEALING FROM CAMERAS! SUE!

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:23

30. tbacba (Posts: 57; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)


The rumor is they also wanted to do Ass Recognition, but it kept zeroing in on Steve Jobs.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:48

33. Dze (unregistered)


OK, so now Google(android) can sue Apple for the patent infringe.

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:48

34. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6115; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Don't they already have face recognition on some phones already?

posted on 27 Jul 2011, 20:53

35. Dze (unregistered)


I show this feature on XDA for android few months ago .......... so is it that mean Apple copy android idea? I smell lawsuit.

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