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Inter-Face 2.0 Website Displays Research Behind Mobile Facial Recognition Program

Website of the Day: Inter-Face 2.0

Adding to our list of time-wasting websites is Inter-Face 2.0. When I first came across it, I didn't know what to think. I was creeped out, mesmerized, and puzzled all at once — I also couldn't stop clicking. You're immediately greeted by seven very realistic faces on the site staring back at you and blinking. Click on any one of them and things get even weirder. Moving your mouse across the face or clicking on any area of the face will produce a variety of natural facial movements. At times, it feels like there's a guy just hanging out on your computer screen. Even if you don't do anything, the face still has a life of it's own: it stares at you, blinks, and looks around.

Gathering from the limited information on the website, Inter-Face 2.0 was created as research for the facial recognition iPhone app iFace. Not surprisingly, the app is only available to law enforcement, the military, and security companies. The app was developed by a company called Animetrics that has a bunch of other facial identity programs that can create a 3D model of a person from a photo, recognize individuals that are on "watch lists" from video surveillance, and more. It's like all that crazy stuff I see going on in the CSI crime labs isn't as made up as I thought!

 

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