Android app FotoTiger uses facial recognition technology for photo management

November 20, 2014 - 

Face recognition software developer Applied Recognition announced it has launched FotoTiger for Facebook, a free Android app that allows Facebook users to take, tag, sort, and securely share photos from their camera roll taken from their smartphone, according to a report by The Next Web.

As soon as the app tags a photo, people will be instantly recognized and tagged in all future photos.

Users can then share these photos with any app or post them directly to Facebook, Flickr or other social networks.

“Tagging and face recognition are done on the phone with no server-side necessary, all in the privacy of your phone,” Applied Recognition co-CEO Don Waugh told TNW. “The tags are based on your Facebook friends list, so you can optionally post to Facebook. But if you don’t want to post to Facebook, the tags are kept locally to organize your photos based on the people in them.”

Waugh hopes the application will help to demonstrate the power of Applied Recognition’s technology, which is optimized for mobile devices.

The app enables users to manage entire photo libraries on a smartphone, whether or not they are connected to network service.

FotoTiger also allows fraction-of-a-second response time for image scanning, regardless of pixel density, because face signatures tend to be small and therefore allow tens of thousands of known faces to be stored on a smartphone, Waugh said.

The app is compatible with Android 2.3.3 and higher, and will soon be available for iPhone users when FotoTiger for Facebook is released in the first quarter of 2015.

Facial recognition is increasingly being used in photo management as a way of identifying a specific image within an enormous set of images.

Other companies such as Orbeus have also released their own competing apps that use facial recognition technologies, including PhotoTime for iPhone.

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