Apple’s latest OS X release, Lion, gave us a glimpse of Polar Rose’s facial-recognition technology with new features that offer up some playful effects, like birds that fly around your head or hearts that float above your head. Apple won’t necessarily be adding that feature to the next iPhone.
Recognizr is extremely fast and accurate at identifying a person in the camera’s view. Recognizr allows you to choose which social networks you want to link your face to. So, if a stranger were to use the Recognizr app on you, they could potentially have access to your Facebook, LinkedIn, Flickr. You can also link your name, email, phone number, etc., to your face.
If you’re at a party, using the app to instantly access your friend’s Facebook page would be useful, especially when you both realize that you’re not Facebook friends yet. It saves the hassle of having to look up the name and “friend” the person. However, for most people, the thought of having someone scan your face and have access to your personal information is rather terrifying. Of course, the person would presumably only be able to access the information you provided to the app.
The iPhone appBump works by having people touch their iPhones to one another to access the other person’s phone number. Recognizr could be used the same way, but instead of having to have two phones, the person could just scan the other person’s face and have all the information they need.