Monthly Archives: December 2012

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Augmented Reality App Turns Fashion Objects into Ads

Productify App Recognizes Fashion Objects and Finds Them Online for Sale

Attention shoppers with smartphone in hand: snap a photo of what someone else is wearing and find it on sale now! L’Atelier of Paris reports on a startup from Sweden called OCULUSai whose Android app, Productify, lets you do just that (iOS version coming soon). Productify recognizes the shoes, clothing or accessories of someone in Continue Reading

Fighting Obesity with Outdoor Webcams and Crowdsourcing

public outdoor webcams

  Leslie Gibson Mccarthy at Medical Xpress reports on a study out of Washington University in St. Louis published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine entitled “Emerging Technologies: Webcams and Crowd-Sourcing to Identify Active Transportation.” The goal of the study was to measure the use of man-made spaces like parks, trails and bike paths Continue Reading

Ecuador’s new voice and facial recognition system


Facial and voice recognition systems have become more prevalent over the years, but never before has an entire country taken a stand on the issue. Until now. Ecuador is now the first country in the world to implement a countrywide biometric identification system using voice and facial recognition. In a partnership with the Speech Technology Center (STC) Continue Reading

G20 Summit 2014 Security to Use Facial Recognition Technology

Facial recognition software in use

The Herald Sun of Australia reports that the Queensland Police Service (QPS) is in negotiations to begin using special facial recognition software as the state prepares to host the G20 Summit in 2014. Police would be able to compare images taken over CCTV or with a phone against mugshots in a database and return high Continue Reading

Plan to speed up border crossings in Hong Kong


Phila Siu writing for The South China Morning Post reports that the Immigration Department in Hong Kong is seeking approval to add face recognition to fingerprint-checking of incoming visitors. The new technology is part of a revamp of systems at control points expected to speed up processing time. Automated border clearance has become fairly mature Continue Reading