InSight app uses Google Glass to identify people by their clothes


Google’s Project Glass is fertile grounds for imagining a future where everything can be captured and analyzed as soon as it’s seen, and privacy concerns have centered around things like facial recognition. But what if Glass could recognize your friends by their clothes? InSight, developed by USC researcher Srihari Nelakuditi with support from Google, can create temporary “visual fingerprints” based on the color and pattern of a person’s clothes. After snapping a series of pictures and matching them to a name, its “spatiogram” can work in circumstances that wouldn’t be possible with facial recognition: finding people who are far away or have turned their backs, for instance.

Obviously, the system only works until someone changes clothes…

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