Tuesday, March 24, 2009 at 2:57PM
Interesting Augmented Reality development from Squidder this week. The initiative started by embedding t-shirts with a FLAR barcode and making Twitter handles recognizable by Webcams. Once authenticated, a user's latest Tweet was displayed as a video overlay -- but this was only the first layer.
Going further, those Squidders tied facial recognition technology in with the same Webcam-enabled computers, so that the software recognizes the user (rather than the barcode) and then displays their latest Tweet on the screen. The technology is still definitely in the alpha stages, as the software only picks up on a human face rather than a unique individual, but I'd say they've got a beat on the future of video monitoring. I could definitely see this (or a similar) tool also being adapted for Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networking sites down the road. Cool stuff!
Speaking of Twitter, check out the latest of what @TheSteveRussell is thinking about here.