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Face-Scanning Software Guesses Your Age [VIDEO]

created over 3 years ago | Tagged: technology, safety, software, age, id, guarding, face recognition, face-scanning,


Are the days of fake IDs over? That may be so, thanks to new facial recognition software. API, used by photo apps, can now detect the ages and moods of individuals in pictures. The API is most notably integrated in the Photo Finder and Photo Tagger Facebook apps. The update will now allow apps to list estimated ages, as well as the minimum age and maximum age of people in photos. It also looks at a person’s facial features to determine the mood in the photo. How accurate are the age scans? When Mashable tested the app, we found mixed results. The age predictor was dead-on at times; at other times it was 13 years off. The updated facial-recognition algorithm predicts age by looking at indicators such as wrinkles and skin texture. Check it out for yourself by uploading a photo under “method parameters.” Then click the “call method” button. A white box will appear around your face with red dots pinpointing the eyes, nose and lips. Hover over the white box and an attributes box will list your age, mood, gender — and how genuine your smile is.

How can app developers use this new API? The technology can be integrated into parental-control apps or be used by companies to restrict content based on user age or interest. A part of the update, says its facial recognition will be 30% more accurate. The formula is propelled by new ways to detect poses and posts of interest in a photo. How dead-on is’s new API? Did it guess your age? Tell us in the comments and we’d love to see your photo.




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