iPhone 5 to feature facial recognition APIs

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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41 Comments

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.

2. doubler86

Posts: 320; Member since: Jan 26, 2011

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

8. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 2008

where would iOS be without android to steal from? lol

9. 530gemini

Posts: 2198; Member since: Sep 09, 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.

10. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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

12. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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!

28. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 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???

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.

13. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

does android have facial recognition?

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

24. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

39. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

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

32. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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

40. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

14. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

and you know this how?

3. messiah

Posts: 438; Member since: Feb 19, 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....

6. iwebdroidberry7

Posts: 230; Member since: Jan 17, 2011

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

7. remixfa

Posts: 14605; Member since: Dec 19, 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

15. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 2009

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

36. stealthd unregistered

Google bought Android. You were saying?

4. Ladd Russo unregistered

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.

16. taco50

Posts: 5506; Member since: Oct 08, 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.

18. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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

25. rican

Posts: 132; Member since: Jul 02, 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.

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

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

22. GALAXY-S

Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 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

23. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 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...

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