Conferences and networking events are baffling affairs: You look around and you wonder, who the hell are all these people? You can never been too sure who to target; What if the guy you’ve been schmoozing ends up being some fool who there “just for the booze and the single ladies, man”?
The Astonishing Tribe, a Swedish developer team, hopes to solve that problem, with a new app they’re developing called Augmented ID. Using facial recognition software and your phone’s camera, it overlays the image of whomever you’re looking at with profile information that they’ve made public–from Twitter feeds to Last.fm playlists to a simple business card:
Facial recognition is one of the most obvious augmented realityapps, and it’s only a matter of time until some developers nailit–hopefully this one becomes a reality. (TAT already designed theT-Mobile G1 user interface; one of their previous design concepts wasthis awesome 3-D eye-tracking UI.)
Apple has been keen to the possibilities that facial recognition presents: Information Week just just discoveredthat Apple has filed for a patent on built-in facial recognition, whichcould grace computers and iPhones. What’s just as interesting was afiling for object-recognition technology. The idea is that by usingsome combination of the compass, GPS, camera, and even RFID, your phonecould automatically provide you with more information about objectsaround you. Thus its fairly easy to imagine, for example, a shoppingapp that provides you with all competing products and reviews whenyou’re eyeing a new gadget.