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Google Glass App Can Identify Your Friends by Clothing

By - Source: NewScientist | B 22 comments

This Glass app can recognize people by the clothes they're wearing.

NewScientist reports that a developer from the University of South Carolina (Columbia) has created an app for Google Glass called Insight. Partially funded by Google, it was revealed last week during the HotMobile technology conference in Jekyll Island, Georgia, and promised to identify individuals based on the clothes they wear.

According to the report, developer Srihari Nelakuditi joined forces with Romit Roy Choudhury and colleagues at Duke University to develop a recognition system based on a "fashion fingerprint" of a person's outfit. This fingerprint includes jewelry, badges and glasses in addition to the person's favorite shoes or shirt.

To create the fingerprint, a smartphone app is used to acquire a series of photos of the user as they surf the Internet, read email and whatnot. The app then takes those images and saves the spatial distribution of colors, textures and patterns of the subject's clothes into a file called a "spatiogram". This data supposedly makes it easier to identify someone even at odd viewing angles or from long distances.

Of course, this fingerprint is likely a one-time deal, as a subject will change clothes and thus need a new fingerprint. That should please privacy advocates who are already steaming over the camera mounted in Google's Glass specs. However that doesn't mean the system couldn't be altered later to "thumbprint" accessories a person typically wears like combos of a certain watch, a pair of shoes and glasses.

Early tests of the app proved quite successful, as a team of 15 volunteers were able to correctly identify people 93-percent of the time, even when the subjects had their backs facing the Glass-based user. Matching data from the phone's motion sensor with the motion in the Glass field of view will supposedly boost accuracy, the report said.

NewScientist believes this tech could help individuals suffering with "face blindness", a neurological disorder that makes it impossible to recognize others. The app could tell the affected user the names of friends nearby… at least while they wear a certain set of clothes, that is.

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    Pyree , March 9, 2013 9:04 AM
    But what if I am trying to find my friends in a nude beach?
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    Shin-san , March 9, 2013 9:43 AM
    Wow. Google is proving to be creepier by the day
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    freggo , March 9, 2013 8:20 AM
    Wondering WHY Google or anyone would come up with an app like this.
    I mean can anyone name a "legit" use for this ?

  • 6 Hide
    Axelion , March 9, 2013 8:40 AM
    Hmm...I can't wait for someone to create Google P0RN app, which enables the glass to see through clothing and any solid objects.
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    derekullo , March 9, 2013 8:50 AM
    Aren't you Richard Simmon's friend, Richard Simmons?
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    Vestin , March 9, 2013 8:51 AM
    freggoWondering WHY Google or anyone would come up with an app like this.I mean can anyone name a "legit" use for this ?

    Have you ever been in a situation where you couldn't quite recall what a given person's name was ?
    With this thing - that would hardly be an issue.
    Just because people should be able to do math in their mind and on paper doesn't make calculators useless... Just because people usually remember others, it doesn't mean they shouldn't be spared the awkwardness when they don't.
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    Pyree , March 9, 2013 9:04 AM
    But what if I am trying to find my friends in a nude beach?
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    Shin-san , March 9, 2013 9:43 AM
    Wow. Google is proving to be creepier by the day
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    thecolorblue , March 9, 2013 10:20 AM
    freggoWondering WHY Google or anyone would come up with an app like this.I mean can anyone name a "legit" use for this ?

    surveilance of the population... get with the program bro.
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    Cons29 , March 9, 2013 10:30 AM
    so if you borrow a brothers clothe's watch or whatever, what happens then
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    tokencode , March 9, 2013 10:46 AM
    VestinHave you ever been in a situation where you couldn't quite recall what a given person's name was ?With this thing - that would hardly be an issue.Just because people should be able to do math in their mind and on paper doesn't make calculators useless... Just because people usually remember others, it doesn't mean they shouldn't be spared the awkwardness when they don't.



    If you don't know me well enough to remember my name, please just ask it.
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    IAmVortigaunt , March 9, 2013 1:12 PM
    If the main selling point of this is to avoid the mildly awkward, infrequent instances of not remembering people's names, I hardly see it worth the huge privacy trade-off.
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    NightLight , March 9, 2013 1:18 PM
    regardless, i still want one :) 
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    Blessedman , March 9, 2013 2:09 PM
    When was the last time you actually did long division? Technology is making us stupid!!
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    murzar , March 9, 2013 4:46 PM
    *Look's at girlfriend*

    Google Glass: "Wh*re"
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    Soda-88 , March 9, 2013 7:26 PM
    None of my friends will be able to recognize me, that's for sure. I plan on avoiding everyone using this idiotic device.
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    snotling , March 9, 2013 7:46 PM
    IAmVortigauntIf the main selling point of this is to avoid the mildly awkward, infrequent instances of not remembering people's names, I hardly see it worth the huge privacy trade-off.

    this type of attitude is the reason Id rather not have to ask.
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    snotling , March 9, 2013 7:47 PM
    snotlingthis type of attitude is the reason Id rather not have to ask.

    sorry, it seems that the wrong quote was inserted...
    IAmVortigauntIf the main selling point of this is to avoid the mildly awkward, infrequent instances of not remembering people's names, I hardly see it worth the huge privacy trade-off.

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    snotling , March 9, 2013 7:50 PM
    snotlingsorry, it seems that the wrong quote was inserted...

    tokencodeIf you don't know me well enough to remember my name, please just ask it.

    now, THIS type of attitude is the reason Id rather not have to ask.
    can you say "awkward"?... I need those glasses more than I thought!
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    g-unit1111 , March 9, 2013 9:39 PM
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    Hmm...I can't wait for someone to create Google P0RN app, which enables the glass to see through clothing and any solid objects.


    Remember the Futurama where Fry used the X-Ray specs to win a contest? :lol: 
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    rds1220 , March 9, 2013 10:43 PM
    g-unit1111Remember the Futurama where Fry used the X-Ray specs to win a contest?



    This has to be the dumbest "invention" of recent times. Why would I want a device to identify friends that's what I have two eyes and a brain for. This is just pointless plain and simple. What a waste of money to the people that sponser these scientist they must be thrilled knowing thier money is going to such pointless research.

    AxelionHmm...I can't wait for someone to create Google P0RN app, which enables the glass to see through clothing and any solid objects.


    Now that I would pay for!

    g-unit1111Remember the Futurama where Fry used the X-Ray specs to win a contest?


    Actually the first thing I thought of when I read the title and saw the picture was the episode "Revenge of the killer app." where they stick "eye" phones in peoples eyes.

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    mikenygmail , March 10, 2013 12:42 AM
    Marketing.
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