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Coolbusinessideas and TechCrunch note the launch of Tuyuan, a Beijing-based social networking site which employs facial recognition to find friends for its members. Details are still hazy but apparently once users upload a photo and tag a person, the site automatically suggests other pictures it thinks the same person is in. So it seems like an advanced version of Facebook's Friend Finder.



Facebook could probably add this functionality rather straightforwardly by licensing technology from Polar Rose, a Swedish startup that introduced last year a facial search engine in beta. Or maybe Polar Rose is building a Facebook App to this end themselves! Polar Rose seems to be actively hiring and expanding, working on some cool video-based facial recognition from video and a browser plugin but I couldn't clearly make out their business model from their website.


If you want your 3D Face to base itself on the most attractive photos of yourself, you have several alternatives:

One involves going through through this:

The other is to use Portrait Professional by Anthropics. The Portrait Professional software uses prior knowledge about human faces to automate the retouching of portraits. Not only does it remove pimples, wrinkles, red-eyes, shiny skin but it also whitens teeth/eyes and reshapes certain aspects of your face to make it more attractive. The results are impressive and only require a minimal amount of user input, although fine-tuning is also possible.

BeforeAfter Portrait Pro retouching

Dolores Labs launched, a more sophisticated version of Your photo is rated by its members and Amazon's Mechanical Turk for Age, Gender, Ethnicity, Weight, Relationship status, Intelligence, Political affiliation, Intoxicated, Trustworthy, Attractive.


FaceStat  is a good complement to the automated facial analysis provided by since it identifies traits which are currently difficult to detect programmatically.



The DailyMail details how the UK supermarket chain Budgens is using facial biometrics to identify minors who has previously been unable to prove they are 18 when buying alcohol.

"Customers' images are monitored and relayed to a control centre to be compared with under-18s already on record.

Future options include other retailers linking the scheme to their shops to create a giant database.

Orwellian overkill anybody? Or just a good excuse for a marketer's wet dream? How long before such a setup is compulsory in all off-license shops? And why not link it up to the police's offender's facial database while we're at it? I guess none of this will matter once the compulsary biometric National ID cards are introduced.

People will never learn... Welcome to Police State Britain.



BBC reports that a Japanese company is developing a cigarette vending machine equipped with a camera to photograph punter in order to their (facial) age. If the estimated age is under the legal age, the machine will ask for an ID card for age verification and give the go ahead if the face matches the one on the ID photo.

Apparently the system developped by Fujitaka company compares facial characteristics including bone structure, body frame, sags around the eyes and mouth and crow's feet against a record of more than 100,000 people. Its accuracy is said to be 90%.

It's surprising Fujitaka reports such a high accuracy given that the system works  in a rugged environment -i.e. the street- on the unapprised public. Featuro's age estimate is acceptable (although not in the 90% range) but our estimations are based on a rather constrained set of facial photos taken following precise guidelines, not that of a bystander's face peering at a pinhole camera. Since only a Yes/No answer is demanded of the vending machine -and not an full age estimate as in Featuro's case- one could indeed expect higher accuracy rates.

Still, this begs the following questions: why not just ask for the ID card every time? Is it because the age estimation problem is easier to solve than the facial verification problem? Or is it due to privacy concerns? Wouldn't a bit of make-up on a kid do the trick? A face mask? As Dvorak noted, won't kids just carry a lifesize posters of Keith Richards to fool the vending machines?




Good facial symmetry = Good genes

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High and low symmetry composite faces for macaques, Hadza, and Europeans


According to recent research at Stirling University, Dr. Little ‘s "findings back the claim that the masculinity/femininity of faces is linked with symmetry and hence advertise quality, that is good genes."

So if your Featuro asymmetries rating is low and gender rating is high, then you probably have good genes. Your face therefore "advertise[s] quality in terms of resistance to disease, or environmental stresses and that might mean people with these traits are healthier and live longer".

Good to know!



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