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Intel files patent for real-time facial recognition system


Intel recently filed an application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office for a new technology method of real-time facial detection using an image or video of the subject taken by a mobile device.

Intel Korea research engineer Wooju Ryu describes the face detection method in the U.S. Patent Application No. 20140341430, titled “Method and Device for Detecting Face, and Non-Transitory Computer-Readable Recording Medium for Executing the Method”.

Ryu writes that the method calls for the breaking up an input image into a set number of regions, then resizing those image regions and conducting both face detection and face tracking operations on the divided and resized regions.

By partitioning the input images, the individual is able to cut down the amount of time it takes for portable devices to process face detection in real time.

Intel continues to make a strong push into the biometric and wearable technology market through a series of developments and partnerships, such creating a new developer’s platform for the Internet of Things, a sector that is closely related to wearable technology.

The company recently announced it has developed a new line of processors that powers the Asus PadFone X smartphone.

Additionally, Intel recently rewarded $500,000 to U.S.-based startup Nixie for its flyable and wearable camera through its company-sponsored contest, Make It Wearable Challenge.

Earlier this month, Intel announced its partnership with Italian eyewear giant Luxottica for the research and development of high-tech glasses.

Previously reported, Intel will supply the processor for the next version of Google Glass, which previously featured a chip made by Texas Instruments.

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