Face Recognition

Honed over four decades, Osaka police use facial recognition skills to arrest dozens of wanted criminals every year

The Japan Times

OSAKA – Despite advances in facial recognition technology, the police in Osaka still rely on pure skill to find fugitives, with investigators using only their memory to arrest dozens of wanted criminals every year. While other police forces in the world have "super recognizer" units that hunt down fugitives, the so-called miatari (look and hit) technique used in Osaka has contributed to the arrests of over 4,000 criminals in Japan since the Osaka Prefectural Police introduced it as a formal investigative method in November 1978. There has not been a single wrongful arrest. "The best part of this method is being able to detect fugitives who are hard to find in normal investigations," said a senior investigator in Osaka. He says a forensic analysis is an imperative part of criminal investigations, but "we want to pass on the tradition because our job is to make sure no one gets away with a crime."

The facial recognition software that could identify thousands of faces in Civil War photographs

Daily Mail

Facial recognition is being used to identify American Civil War soldiers who may have otherwise been lost in the sands of time. Computer scientist and history buff Kurt Luther created a free-to-use website, called Civil War Photo Sleuth, that uses facial recognition technology to cross-reference vintage photographs with a database and hopefully assign a name to unknown subjects. Luther was inspired to launch the website after he stumbled upon a wartime portrait of his great-great-uncle, who was a Union corporal in the Civil War. Then, the site's facial recognition technology goes to work, mapping as many as 27 'facial landmarks.' It uses those facial landmarks to compare the photo to the more than 10,000 identified photos in the site's archive.

U.S. retailers could soon adopt facial recognition tech to stop thieves

Daily Mail

Facial recognition has been widely adopted at airports, stadiums, traffic intersections and even some schools. Now, experts say retail is the next industry to become a target of the technology, pointing to a growing number of suppliers and companies willing to put it in their stores. U.S. retailers are expected to begin using facial recognition to stop shoplifters or spot criminals, but many are eyeing it for much broader uses - including customer tracking or loyalty programs, according to Biometric Update. The move has already attracted scrutiny from privacy advocates who fear shoppers may be unaware that retailers are keeping track of their faces. The makers of this facial recognition technology view it differently, however, believing that it would lead to a better consumer experience.

Face ID not working for Apple iPhone XS Max users

Daily Mail

An apparent problem with new software means that some iPhone X users are not able to activate Face ID on their handsets. The mysterious bug means that for to unlock their devices they have to enter their pass code manually. Frustrated Apple users are taking to Twitter and Reddit to complain about the problem which causes a'not available' message to show up on the screen. The issue has been linked to the latest iOS 12.1 version upgrade, according to reports from customers on social media. Frustrated Apple users are taking to Twitter and Reddit to complain about the mysterious bug that causes a'not available' message to show up on the screen, pictured Then press and hold the Power button until you see the Apple logo on-screen.

Top 5 Face Recognition And Detection API Services


Amazon Rekognition backed by AWS cloud services is another giant in the face recognition space. Amazon Rekognition is the easiest way to add features relating to image or video processing to your application, especially if you are running your application on AWS cloud. The service can identify faces, people and activities among many other things once given image content. Amazon Rekognition is very popular for its facial analysis service. It has a fairly accurate facial recognition engine that works on many kinds of images and videos also.

Furhat the eerie lifelike robotic head is stumped by people with BOTOX

Daily Mail

A robot that communicates with humans via facial expressions and understands people by scanning their face has been stumped when it met a person with botox. Furhat Robotics unveiled its'world's most advanced social robotics and conversational artificial intelligence platform' last week. The android can communicate with humans in the way we do with each other - by speaking, listening, showing emotions and reading changes to facial features. The Stockholm-based start-up were left scratching their heads when one test subject completely threw the eerily-lifelike robot. A Furhat insider said: 'We were at a loss as to why one of our robots wasn't interacting properly with a human test subject.

Facial recognition's failings: Coping with uncertainty in the age of machine learning


Deep learning is a technology with a lot of promise: helping computers "see" the world, understand speech, and make sense of language. But away from the headlines about computers challenging humans at everything from spotting faces in a crowd to transcribing speech -- real-world performance has been more mixed. One deep-learning technology whose real-world results have often disappointed has been facial-recognition. In the UK, police in Cardiff and London used facial-recognition systems on multiple occasions in 2017 to flag persons of interest captured on video at major events. Unfortunately, more than 90% of people picked out by these systems were false matches.

Amazon employees plan to confront Jeff Bezos about controversial facial recognition technology

Daily Mail

Amazon employees plan to take CEO Jeff Bezos to task about the firm's controversial facial recognition software, Rekognition. The tech giant will host an all-staff meeting on Thursday and it's there that employees will flood executives with questions about Rekognition, as well as why Amazon continues work with immigration authorities, according to Recode. Pressure has been mounting for Amazon to cancel its contracts with ICE and law enforcement agents, which allow them to test out the facial recognition technology. Amazon employees plan to take CEO Jeff Bezos (pictured) to task at an all-hands meeting on Thursday about the firm's controversial facial recognition software, Rekognition Amazon lets employees submit their questions for Bezos and other executives beforehand using an online form. They then go through the list and decide on which questions to answer.

Lenovo announces unmanned convenience store to test AI, facial recognition


Lenovo has opened an unmanned convenience store in China, using it as a testbed for trialling facial-recognition, e-payment, Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), and augmented reality (AR) technologies, with its tablets acting as the staffers of the store. The Lenovo Lecoo Unmanned Store is located at the tech company's campus in Beijing, with VP of Research and Technology Daryl Cromer saying Lenovo can learn "everything" from the trial. "Shopping at the store is quite simple. You walk up to the door, cameras recognise your face, you browse the aisles, pick out what you want as usual, then -- and here's the magic -- you just walk out, and your account is automatically settled via your mobile payment," Lenovo explained. "We can now understand some of the technologies and challenges our customers face, allowing us to make better devices and tailored solutions. The store becomes a powerful pilot program for technologies that move beyond the Lenovo campus."

New iPhone to improve facial recognition feature so it can see owner better, report claims

The Independent

Apple's next iPhone could bring important updates to its flagship feature, according to a new rumour. The phone could vastly improve the Face ID facial recognition that sits in the top of the handset. New technology will allow the invisible lights that are used as part of the system to illuminate people's face far better, allowing it to recognise its owners more quickly, according to a report from reliable Apple analyst Ming-chi Kuo. The I.F.O. is fuelled by eight electric engines, which is able to push the flying object to an estimated top speed of about 120mph. The giant human-like robot bears a striking resemblance to the military robots starring in the movie'Avatar' and is claimed as a world first by its creators from a South Korean robotic company Waseda University's saxophonist robot WAS-5, developed by professor Atsuo Takanishi and Kaptain Rock playing one string light saber guitar perform jam session A man looks at an exhibit entitled'Mimus' a giant industrial robot which has been reprogrammed to interact with humans during a photocall at the new Design Museum in South Kensington, London Electrification Guru Dr. Wolfgang Ziebart talks about the electric Jaguar I-PACE concept SUV before it was unveiled before the Los Angeles Auto Show in Los Angeles, California, U.S The Jaguar I-PACE Concept car is the start of a new era for Jaguar.