BBVA has started testing a facial recognition payment application for employees to use at cafeterias and restaurants at the Ciudad BBVA office and business conference complex in Madrid. The mobile app is powered through technology from the startup Veridas, which was a joint venture last year of BBVA and Das-Nano. Restaurant partner Sodexo Iberia is also involved in the project. More than 1,000 employees at Ciudad are using the payments app, which provides the ability to reserve tables and dine without dealing with a bill. Customers inform a waiter they are ready to leave, and the waiter verifies registration in the system and an account linked through facial recognition.
Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on. My face stares back at me, overlaid with a grid of white lines that map the contours of my expression. Next to it is a shaded window that tracks six "core emotions": happiness, surprise, disgust, fear, anger, and sadness. Each time my expression shifts, a measurement bar next to each emotion fluctuates, as if my feelings were an audio signal. When I look back at Pocovi, I get the sense she knows exactly what I'm thinking with one glance. Petite with a welcoming smile, Pocovi, the founder of Emotion Research Lab in Valencia, Spain, is a global entrepreneur par excellence.
A flagship'iPhoneX killer' smartphone launching today features technology to rival Apple's £999 ($999) device at a fraction of the price. The new Honor 10 will set you back just £399 ($540), £600 ($800) cheaper than the handset, but is packed with a whole host of features to rival the high-end gadget. That includes AI powered cameras, which feature facial recognition unlocking, as well as an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor. The device, which launched in China last month, goes on sale from 4pm BST (11am ET) today in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain, with 21 additional international markets from Asia to Africa to follow. Europe is key for the brand beyond China, because it has been banned from the lucrative US market based on unspecified national security concerns.
Jordi Escale, CIO of the Government of Catalonia, says that while AI plans are at currently in their early stages - and is consulting with IBM on potential projects - there are a number of ways the technology can be used for public sector firms. "We start thinking about the impact in the services in the government like traffic control and autonomous vehicles," he says. This includes real-time facial image recognition and number plate recognition for the police. "Then there is health, supporting the doctor for knowledge by tapping all of this unstructured data," he adds.
An egg bank in Spain is using face recognition technology to match people with donors who look like them. The idea is that this way prospective mothers will get a child who resembles them even though they are not genetically related. Egg donation is relatively common in Spain compared to other European nations. It has strict laws protecting the anonymity of the donor, which makes it a popular destination for women across Europe seeking eggs for IVF.