3 Fascinating Search Engines That Search For Faces

FaceRecognition03   3 Fascinating Search Engines That Search For FacesThanks to the internet, our private lives are more and more exposed online. The amount of data every individual is adding appears to be a drop into the ocean. Does that thought make you feel safe? Think again!

Search engines are becoming ever more smarter in managing the massive amounts of data they are facing. In fact, face search and facial recognition are just a few of the many tools. When used the right way, they quickly unravel what an individual has been up to.

Here are three face search engines that may give you a thrill. Let’s see what they reveal about you or your friends.

facesearch – Face Search Engine

FaceRecognition05   3 Fascinating Search Engines That Search For FacesThis search engine is as harmless as it can get. It searches for faces based on image tags. So you query the search engine for a name and it will return all matching images containing faces. And as you can see in the example below, it doesn’t appear to be very accurate at that.

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Did you know you could make Google search for faces only, by adding a small bit of code? When you go to Google Image Search, enter your query and then add “&imgtype=face” (without the quotes of course) to the end of the URL. It will give you similar results as facesearch above.

You’ll find more information about this hidden Google feature in this article published on Ars Technica.

PicTriev – Face Recognition Search Engine

FaceRecognition06   3 Fascinating Search Engines That Search For FacesPicTriev goes one step further by actually searching for similar faces. So what you do is upload a portrait shot or any face photo in .jpg or .jpeg format, with a size no larger than 200KB, and the search engine will return matching images found online. You can also run a demo with a selection of famous photos.

For demonstration purposes, I used one of my funny photos. The approximate age of 20 is very flattering and I’m happy that PicTriev recognized that I was mostly female. Unfortunately, however, my face matches mostly with that of males. Surprisingly, it didn’t come up with any pictures of me that are available online.

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It works much better with celebrity images.

Viewdle – Face Recognition Video Search Engine

FaceRecognition01   3 Fascinating Search Engines That Search For FacesViewdle is a facial recognition video search engine, powered by Reuters Labs.

It analyzes videos frame by frame, searching for faces. Moreover, it adds contextual information to the face recognition data by converting speech to text. All of that is combined in an index, which allows to search for the <em>right person, in the right clip, at the right moment</em>. In other words, it helps you find information and people in videos.

At this point Viewdle can only find famous faces. Just type in a name at the bottom left and you’ll be forwarded to the search page. Here you can also enter a keyword to narrow down the results. Advanced search allows you to refine the search results by picking a video channel and time frame for the video.

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Obviously, this type of indexing is highly useful for TV stations, for example to browse their archives for relevant material.

If you’re interested in how to use face recognition software to organize your photos, check out Tim’s article on How To Use Facial Recognition in Picasa Web Albums.

Now what did you find out about yourself or your friend here?

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Nat Jay

Viewdle looks like the best of the lot here, though I find the concept of face search both intriguing and a little intrusive.

Of course, for research and background check, these are useful tools. Specially in law enforcement, government jobs, and the media & entertainment industries.

On a related note, I like those fun apps that show how you might age over time (given a current picture), or to let others know how you used to look like say in school.

Nat Jay

Viewdle looks like the best of the lot here, though I find the concept of face search both intriguing and a little intrusive.

Of course, for research and background check, these are useful tools. Specially in law enforcement, government jobs, and the media & entertainment industries.

On a related note, I like those fun apps that show how you might age over time (given a current picture), or to let others know how you used to look like say in school.

Elliott

If it makes you feel any better – I had equally dodgy results from PicTriev (although it made me 100% male – it also made me 50 instead of the 30 I was in the photo!) and didn’t find any matching photos (there are loads of photos of me online).

I tried photos of my daughter and my ex and didn’t find photos of them online either

Tina

Well, looks like the technology is not very advanced, yet. At least not the one they are offering for free. Could be a good thing.

Elliott

If it makes you feel any better – I had equally dodgy results from PicTriev (although it made me 100% male – it also made me 50 instead of the 30 I was in the photo!) and didn’t find any matching photos (there are loads of photos of me online).

I tried photos of my daughter and my ex and didn’t find photos of them online either

Tina

Well, looks like the technology is not very advanced, yet. At least not the one they are offering for free. Could be a good thing.

SK

Its really good one

Flavio

Come on PicTriev… thanks for making me look like Kevin Costner and a couple of other “good looking guys”, but 45 years old when everyone tells me I look younger was not fair! :o)

Tina

Try a few other pictures to fix the age. But then you may end up being matched to Danny DeVito. ;)

Stacy

These are pretty cool – I’ll have to test Pictriev!

Crystal(RB)

According to Pictriev, My 25 yr old tomboy self is 85% male and approximately 60 years old.
Strangely enough, that explains a lot
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Crystal(RB)

According to Pictriev, My 25 yr old tomboy self is 85% male and approximately 60 years old.
Strangely enough, that explains a lot
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA