Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Picasa Facial Recognition

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After getting back from my trip to India, I was uploading photos of my trip where I generally use the Picasa desktop application.  What I didn’t know existed was the way that Picasa employs a facial recognition component to crop out faces and tag them, in some cases automatically once it learns the faces of people you know.  In about an hour I had added names for over 100 of my contacts to hundreds of photos.  Once I had the tags, I can easily see all the photos of my wife or kids with a few short clicks.  It also thumbnails all of the headshots giving me tons of poses I didn’t realize I had.

The feature is available in both the desktop and web versions of Picasa, but the interface is a bit different for each.

In Picasa desktop, click on the ‘People’ tab to get started and it will immediately begin to clip faces from all your photos and put them in the ‘unknown’ list.  Then you just click to ‘add a name’ and it will search your contact list or allow you to create a new person if one doesn’t exist.  The web version works very similar, but you just click the link on the right hand side of the page to get started.

Is this a facebook killer do you think?