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Tuesday
Mar252014

Furry Facial Recognition? New App IDs Missing Cats and Dogs

With facial recognition technology popping up everywhere, it was only a matter of time until someone applied it to our pets.

A new iPhone app called PiP (or, Positive Identification of Pet) is designed to help owners find their missing cats and dogs more easily. When Fluffy goes missing, the owner can upload a photo of him to the app. The software runs a facial recognition search against a database of pets that have recently been found in the area.

Meanwhile, the owner can issue an "Amber Alert" to local veterinarians, rescue agencies and other organizations to ask them to keep a lookout for Fluffy. The Amber Alert can also be extended to Twitter and Craigslist to get other people in the area involved.

According to the Daily Mail, the Humane Society says that about 4 million animals are reported missing every year in the U.S. Worse still, only about 15 percent of dogs without microchips are ever found by their owners. Although the PiP app isn't the ideal solution -- mainly, because it depends upon someone finding your pet, knowing about the app and actually taking the time to upload the animal's photo -- it could certainly be helpful for many. And we love the idea of furry facial recognition for any pet whose owner thinks of as part of the family.

Friday
Mar142014

This App Could Save Your Life in an Avalanche

Credit: KTH

If you're buried under an avalanche, every minute counts. Luckily, these days, everyone has their smartphones with them at all times. That's why Sweden's KTH Royal Institute of Technology developed an app that makes it possible for skiers to find people buried in the snow.

The app turns a smartphone into a transceiver. All the trapped skier has to do is launch the app and press a button to activate a distress call. Nearby skiers, who have their smartphones with the app, can zero in on the trapped skier's location. The positioning process operates more quickly when several people are searching at the same time, since phones in the vicinity can exchange information. Each phone creates its own picture of where the avalanche victim is and the system provides clear instructions to guide them to the buried skier.

The app is now being tested, and future applications may include its use in public places, such as shopping malls and amusement parks.

Tuesday
Sep112012

San Fran Start Up Seeks to Reinvent Conversations

San Fran start-up Expect Labs has introduced a new technology platform called Anticipatory Computing Engine. The company's voice and video-calling app for the iPad called MindMeld, can analyze your conversation in real time, identify the conversation's topic and then finds relevant information from Facebook and the Web, such as videos, pictures and articles, for your conversation. Once the app matches relevant content for your conversation, you can share the data with whomever you're talking with. As the conversation changes, MindMeld stays current with the topics. 

Using advanced language modeling and analysis, MindMeld can understand the past 10 minutes of your conversation to predict the information you may need in the next 10 seconds. 

MindMeld is currently in closed beta, but is expected to be available for download in October. 

Wednesday
Feb152012

Say Goodbye to Exes in Your Photos -- Forever

How many times have you wished a certain someone wasn't photobombing a great picture of you from the past? Now, a new app from Scalado lets you remove the offending face forever.

This interesting photo-taking system, called Remove, will allow you to selectively remove people (or objects) from a photo. Remove automatically highlights and deletes whatever you want removed from a captured photo. And it's the world's first object-removal software for mobile devices.

How does it work? Basically, the software interpolates a “clean” version of the scene by examining its moving, live objects. This allows it to separate the wanted objects from the unwanted ones.

Scalado, a world-leading provider of high-performance imaging technologies, applications and services for the mobile industry,will demonstrate a working version of Remove at MWC, a major telecom event, in Barcelona this year. After that, it should launch for iOS and Android soon.

Monday
Oct032011

Legos Get the Augmented Reality Treatment

Augmented reality games are all the rage these days, so it's about time that a Lego app was pulled in on the fun.

Life of George is a free app for the iPhone that puts an awesomely nostalgic spin on augmented reality. (Disclaimer: Playing Life of George is not entirely "free." Keek reading.)

LoG challenges users to build fairly simply Lego models, like a palm tree or a girl, as quickly as possible. Once a player builds the model, he or she takes a pic of their creation using their iPhone camera. The app IDs the shape of the model and assigns points based on speed and accuracy.

There are more than 12 groups of models to choose from (with themes like aliens, Hawaii and New York City), and players can go head-to-head with each other.

Yep, it's fun for all ages. And I'm sure you're ready to whip out your Legos and start playing. The only problem? While the app is free, the accompanying Life of George Lego set is $35. And the only way your iPhone will recognize your models is if they're photographed with the special Life of George cardboard background.

Boo to that. But woo to Legos!