Facial recognition technology has been a sci-fi mainstay for quite a long time because, all other factors aside, it’s cool. It’s of course useful, too, even if the task at hand is as mundane as tagging photos. And now, Viewdle has released a facial recognition SDK for mobile developers.
The company said in a statement, “Viewdle, the only independent mobile-focused visual analysis company, today launched the first Software Development Kit (SDK) that enables hardware and software developers to incorporate facial recognition technology into their applications.”
The statement later added, “Viewdle’s recognition technology is optimized for mobile, requiring low processing power while benefiting from fast processing, and is unique in its ability to recognize who’s in the viewfinder at the point of capture. It automatically identifies faces from the viewfinder, in videos and in photos and tags them with a name. It can also recognize multiple people at once with the accuracy of the human eye.”
Those abilities sound rather promising. Developers should be able to find all sorts of ways to put them to good use.
Texas Instruments has already built an app called Kontacts using Viewdle’s SDK, by the way, meaning it meets the demands of at least one important corporation.