Google Glass app in the works to recognize friends by how they dress

Google Glass app in the works to recognize friends by how they dress
As if the irrationally intense fears about Google Glass weren't bad enough, it seems that developers at Duke University want to make things worst. Word has it that a team at Duke is building an app designed for Google Glass, which is intended to learn how your friends dress and be able to recognize them from their clothing, rather than the normal route of facial recognition.

The app, called InSight, is said to work by having people submit photos of themselves in various normal outfits that they would wear. The app would then create a profile for that person using a combination of a spatiogram, basically a color histogram created by identifying the colors, and spatial distributions, and wavlets, which identify the textures and patterns of clothing. The team is calling that profile a "fingerprint", which would then be transferred to Glass and used to potentially pick that person out of a crowd, even if their back is to you.

If the InSight technology works, it would not only be pretty impressive, but would obviously have more privacy advocates up in arms. It is already fairly well known that facial recognition software is advanced enough that it could be put into use in something like Glass (given how well it works in Google+ photos or Facebook), but it is being held back because of privacy concerns. This project by Duke seems to be something of a workaround with those fears, but it doesn't exactly help to alleviate the fears at all. It does help that there seems to be something of an opt-in model at work, and it seems to only work between friends, but we'll have to see how the final product looks (and performs).

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17 Comments

1. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

scan the chick in front of me .......instantly pulls up her Google+ profile

3. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

Only works if she allows herself to be found by you. It's not designed for creepers.

9. gmracer1

Posts: 646; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

lmao!!!

10. MartyK

Posts: 1043; Member since: Apr 11, 2012

hahahahahahaha

2. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Facial recognition way better in my idea. Hope it comes to the Glass.

4. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

No way that privacy advocates will allow facial recognition though.

5. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Right, I think Google has something up its sleeve apart from recognition by clothing. Cause it's somehow weird having to tell your friends to take some shots with different clothes. Not everybody does that.

6. MichaelHeller

Posts: 2734; Member since: May 26, 2011

I assume it could work with photos you already have. It might not be necessary to take new pics specifically for this.

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

I think it could work with the time, like Google now... There more its used the better it becomes

7. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

11. Rayvelynn

Posts: 124; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

How is this technology work with people who already where glasses? hmmm......

12. jfuente11

Posts: 38; Member since: Nov 06, 2012

For them to use this Google Glass, they will need to use contact lense.

14. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

And those lenses will have to come with "Google Approved" logo right?

13. Peter27

Posts: 233; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

probably the alternative google glass will be sold that will be able to clip onto existing glasses. in case nobody came up with this idea yet, I hereby patent this idea by making this post.

16. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Go get Lasik done then you will enjoy more.

15. madpiyal

Posts: 108; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

Google seems to come out with more and more products which infringes our privacy and makes the life of a criminal easy. I don't know what they are really up to but we are loosing more and more private information in exchange of free cool services and product served by them. And above all the more we get deeper with Google ecosystem the more the risk gets eventually becoming everything transparent of our private life. It will take time but one step at a time will be taken to achieve it just like now. It's a thought only (thinking current trends of Google) but its a thought ...........

17. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

You think is likely more risk you and don't buy it! For those whose are continuing to enjoy it and they will continue to like it more.

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