Lambda Labs Develops Facial Recognition App for Google Glass

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When you first see Google Glass, your imagination runs wild with all of the possibilities. Sure, the obvious ones come to mind: looking at navigation routes and incoming e-mail right on your face, but what about an even more obvious one? We're talking about using Glass to recognize the face that's staring at you. Lambda Labs is getting ready to help Glass users accomplish just that, with a new API that should enable facial recognition using the existing Explorer Edition hardware.


Over 1,000 developers are already using its existing API, but plugging it into Glass seems like the most advanced use yet. Once it's applied to Glass, users would (in theory) be able to remember faces, find friends in a crowd, match up interests at a networking event, find folks who share your likes and dislikes, etc. In fact, just thinking about that borders on creepy, but such is the wild, wild world of wearable computing.

So, would things like this make you more or less likely to give Glass a go?
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Probably less likely. I wouldn't want people just waltzing around with this personally. I find it a little creepy, but then again, I know if I had the opportunity to try google glass I definitely would not pass it up.

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kyfho23 replied on Sun, May 26 2013 2:03 AM

I'm horrible with names and faces. I'd use it.

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kyfho23 replied on Sun, May 26 2013 2:03 AM

I'm horrible with names and faces. I'd use it.

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Shadizzle replied on Sun, May 26 2013 4:39 AM

@kyfho Dont smoke so much...

I find this pretty creepy honestly, not so much for friends and people you know. For the people you dont know. Lets face it, FB has many times proven itself to be a good stalking ground for people To take tech like this mobile and to this kind of level just makes it that much easier for the creeper end, as much as it does for the good it can be used for.

Being able to remember faces: One hand, loosing friends in a big event, show, etc would be easier to find. Law enforcement looking for a fugitive could be plugged into this as well in time. - On the other, person of interest (being stalked/followed) is not also easier to find in a group. What if they dont want to be found? Has this just put someones life in danger?

There would almost have to be SOME sort of regulations to this. Remember, its not the tech that is evil, it is the person behind the wheel of it.

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I wish they could implay Glass directly into the brain because I would feel weird wearing it in some places like weddings where I need to remember names the most but then again people always film at weddings, it is kind of expected so Yes, great idea.

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Law Enforcement. Dude, you just hit on the number one use for this device. I can see every cop and soldier wearing one of these.

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Law Enforcement. Dude, you just hit on the number one use for this device. I can see every cop and soldier wearing one of these. Facial recognition software loaded with the FBI's wanted list. They'll sell tons to law enforcement. 

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