Get Instant Info on Your Future Friends! Augmented ID with a Smartphone App

Recognizr, a prototype smartphone app from the Swedish firms The Astonishing Tribe (TAT) and Polar Rose, brings augmented identity to the social networking world — if you’ve got an Android phone with a five-megapixel camera, and a willing subject.

Point your phone’s camera at someone nearby, and Recognizr measures facial features, builds a 3-D model, and sends the resulting signature to a server. If your subject has uploaded their photo and profile information, you’ll see their name and icons that link to their profiles on Facebook, MySpace, Yahoo!, Twitter, Flickr, etc., all floating around their face.

It’s quite slick, though it assumes that users will want to reveal this information to anyone who points a smartphone at them.

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