'Face Match' Brings Facial Recognition to Your iPhone

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001


    iPhone developer PolarBearFarm released Face Match [$0.99] to the App Store yesterday. The app promises to bring the feature similar to Apple's iPhoto facial recognition to your iPhone.
    The app also integrates with Facebook by allowing you to tag photos and upload them directly to Facebook.

    The app works by uploading images directly to their server where facial recognition is performed. The results are then sent back to your iPhone. As a result, an internet connection is required for use.

    App Store Link: Face Match, $0.99

    Article Link: 'Face Match' Brings Facial Recognition to Your iPhone
  2. macrumors 604


    That is dumb. Not even the phone is doing this. It's just sending the photo to some sever. :rolleyes: That is a let down IMO.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2006
    Oaklnad, CA
    So when apple eventually brings this to the built-in photo app what happens to this company?
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 3, 2008
    I could see this with the rumored autofocus on the the new iPhone, but what is the sense with the current models. They don't focus anyway?????
  5. macrumors 603


    Sep 19, 2003
    Canada, eh?
    I'm really not comfortable with the idea of their servers receiving all these photos of people from everywhere. Seems like a potential invasion of privacy, especially if I'm taking your photo without telling you that the pictures are going to some off-site database for further storage and recognition.
  6. macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2009
    There are good reasons for having this process happen server side at the moment. Face recognition is an inherently difficult thing to do well, by having this happen server side, we can easily make changes to the recognition system and instantly get feedback on whether these changes are improving recognition success or not.

    The plan is to shift everything into the iPhone client and cut the dependence on our webservers, once we're at a point where the recognition system is tuned to it's best.

    Layton Duncan
    Polar Bear Farm Ltd
  7. macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2009
    We've survived so far ;-) We're the first commercial developer for the iPhone, we've exhibited at MacWorld Expo '08 before any iPhone SDK was even released, and again in '09. We were first to provide spotlight style contact and calendar searching on the iPhone in '07, first to bring video recording to the iPhone... We have a range of other products on the App Store so we're well and truly committed to this platform.

    As the developer of Face Match we're very clear that any information you upload is private to your own account. Facial features extracted from photos you upload are not used or accessible in anyway by any other user account. Photos are not kept on our servers, once facial features are extracted, the photos themselves are no longer required and are deleted from our servers.

    Layton Duncan
    Polar Bear Farm Ltd
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2006
    Oaklnad, CA
    Respect to your work. Do you take in to account Apples ability to sweep certain ideas out from under you? Apple will always have the resources to better tie in apps to their platform. So when you make a something like a global search or video capture app that will inevitable make to the phone as a built in feature, you must know that it comes with an expiration date.
  9. macrumors 604


    Nice to know. Thanks for that. It's nice to hear from the developer. :)
  10. macrumors 6502a

    May 23, 2007
    New to computers, Mike?

  11. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 1, 2006
    Oaklnad, CA
  12. macrumors 65816


    Nov 26, 2008
    California, USA
    Too bad the camera does not have antishake/image-stabilization technology, and more than half of all the pictures I take on my iPhone are blurry. Hopefully the next iPhone will have image stabilization technology.
  13. macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2005
    .. London ..
    Looks nice. Will be nice to have my photos tagged with names. (No I don't use facebook, and don't plan to buy the new iLife).

    The dev didn't mention that it is on sale for 99c today and tomorrow, and will increase by price by $1/day till final price is reached.

    I bought it today.
  14. macrumors regular


    Apr 30, 2005
    I can't believe you are charging only $.99 for this app! This is tremendous technology available for a pittance.
  15. macrumors P6


    Feb 3, 2005
    Right side of wrong
    seems pretty cool. except that you have to have internet to use it. but better than nothing
  16. macrumors member

    May 5, 2009
    So I looked at the other apps by this developer, and it looks like most of them are going to be replaced by the 3.0 update.

    Recorder: 3.0 will have a voice recorder come standard
    Telegram: 3.0 will have the ability to send voice notes via MMS
    Search: 3.0 will have built in search
    Note Pad: 3.0 will have the ability to sync notes.

    They all look well built, sorry that they look like there going to become obsolete.
    Good luck with this Face Match app.
  17. macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2006
    very cool...maybe iphone 3.0 will have it built in
  18. macrumors 65816


    Mar 11, 2009
    Edinburgh, UK
    It would be nice if it synced with iPhoto, especially since iPhoto sucks ass at facial recognition
  19. macrumors 65816


    May 2, 2006
    Simi Valley, CA
    not everyone is going to update to 3.0. Keep that in mind. People are still running Panther for god sakes!
  20. macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2009
    That and the fact that in our opinion, Apple do a poor job of a lot of those tasks in 3.0
  21. macrumors newbie

    May 21, 2009
    OS3 is a new thing. It takes time until it becomes a good mature OS
  22. macrumors newbie

    Jun 8, 2009
    Face Match

    Is free at the moment in Honor of the Day. Seems worth a try.
  23. macrumors newbie

    May 22, 2009
    Is it just me or does this thing not work at all, it barely finds the faces let alone recognizes them, shame because its a brilliant idea.

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