Google Snaps Up Facial Recognition Firm
Google has acquired a Pittsburgh-based company called PittPatt that facial recognition technology for both pictures and video. Google has not announced what it intends to do with PittPatt, but it offers a number of services that rely on image/object recognition or offer ways to organize photos (Picasa) and video (YouTube). A statement on the PittPatt web site said, "It's a natural fit to join Google and bring the benefits of our research and technology to a wider audience. We will continue to tap the potential of computer vision in applications that range from simple photo organization to complex video and mobile applications." A Google spokesperson reiterated to the Wall Street Journal that it won't offer facial recognition services without strict privacy guards in place. The Journal reports that Google prepared facial recognition for its Goggles image-based search tool, but left the feature out. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Facebook's Moments App Adds Video Support
Facebook recently updated its Moments app for Android devices and gave it the ability to share videos. Moments, which launched last year, scans users' photo libraries and uses facial recognition to find and tag friends in the photos.
Google Photos Gets a Boost from AI
Google today is rolling out an update to Google Photos that introduces some new AI-assisted tools. First, Photos will reach deep into users' libraries to pair old photos of people with the newest photos of those same people so you can reconnect with those older memories.
Google Lens Uses Machine Learning to Recognize Objects
Google today announced Google Lens, an image-recognition tool that relies on mobile cameras to perform searches. The tool is a significant advancement to the old Google Image Search app.
Google Image Search Gains Badges to Help Classify Results
Google today added a new tool to image search that should help clarify what type of content is available within the individual search results. Moving forward, people will begin to see small badges in the bottom left corner of image results that indicate what's behind the image.
Google's Fur-tastic Google Photos Now Better at Recognizing Pets
Google today made it easier for pet lovers to manage pictures of their feline or canine companions. Google says Photos will now treat pets as the family members they are, grouping them alongside people and allowing users to name and/or label them.