One of the more awesome features of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is facial recognition. This new feature allows you to unlock your cell phone just by sticking your face in front of the camera sensor. This sounds like something straight out of the future, but one Android developer found that it may be a quick way for your phone to be hacked. In the video below, this reviewer shows that your phone can actually be opened with just a picture of your face. Maybe it's best to stick with a good old-fashioned passcode from here on out?
You don't like to be tagged in Facebook photos. It doesn't matter if the pics are great or not, you just aren't photo-friendly. To your dismay, Facebook's facial recognition feature (which was recently rolled out worldwide) makes it super easy for your friends to tag you in photos after uploading albums, since the system recognizes your face and suggests your name during the bulk tagging process. So how do you keep your mug out of these suggestions? Find out how to disable facial recognition for your photos in this step-by-step slideshow.
Opposite personalities may attract, but so do physical look-alikes. Yes, not only are we attracted to people who look like us, but we're attracted to people who resemble our opposite-sex parents. Personally, I think people just run in homogeneous circles and familiarity breeds comfortableness, but science disagrees. It's not just about hair and eye color or personal style, but facial structure.
FindYourFaceMatch.com is a dating site prepping to launch next month (its URL doesn't even work yet) that's like a celebrity doppelgänger generator meets every other dating site. Instead of starting with your interests, it begins with facial-recognition technology by Face.com, which focuses on nine points of the face — eyes, ears, nose, chin, and the corners and center of the mouth. It then runs your stats through Find Your Face Match's database and voilà! A list of eligible bachelors who resemble you awaits.
Afterward, you can weed out look-alike duds by doing the standard dating-site search for shared values and style. Then you and your twin can go see if you have more in common than the distance between your eyes.
Sound like a gimmick, or is it worth a try?
You've got to give this a try. It's almost as cool as Google's new streetside views feature, although it's a secret that's been kept on the down low. Say you want to find pictures of Hayden Panettiere (aka Claire Bennet) from the show "Heroes". You type in Claire Heroes in the Google Image box and your results appear. Now say you just wanted pictures of Hayden's face. By simply adding &imgtype=face to the end of your Google Image search URL, your new search will only provide headshots of Hayden.
The official Google Blog claims that this new facial recognition software will "make it a lot easier for you to organize and find the photos you care about." Stay tuned for more stalkerish updates associated with this new recognition tool.