That awkward moment when you forget their names.

Posted: April 7, 2011 in Just for LULz, Software, Technology

A few weeks ago I wrote that Facebook should introduce a feature that would allow you to make private notes (or tags) that you could “stick” to people’s profiles so you won’t forget who they are and what they did to you.

I think that in real life we should have something similar as well.

Modern smartphones are truly powerful pieces of technology. They allow you to browse the Web, navigate ourself with GPS, read bar codes and many, many other things. But there is still no a single app that is capable of recognizing faces in a useful way! We might just need one!

Many of you know that I’m not good at remembering people’s names. But, sometimes, calling a person by the right name is vitally important.

Consider the following scenario: you at a party of some sort, perhaps a private concert. Suddenly, you feel an urge to go to the toilet, but you don’t know how to find a bathroom. You walk downstairs and you see some familiar faces.

You feel like you should ask them, but you’re afraid to do so because you don’t remember their names (and you don’t want to sound too rude… and you know that by calling people by their names you will increase the chances of them collaborating with you).

You remember that you have them on Facebook, so you decide to use technology to save your life once again.

You pull your phone out and pretend that you’re going to take a picture. They believe you and demonstrate no hesitation in making some wide and naive smiles.

But, of course, you aren’t going to take a picture of them. Instead, you’re using a sophisticated software that analyzes their faces, draws some data and then connects to your Facebook account, where it starts searching some tagged photos that match the data you’ve just obtained. Once the matching photos are found, your phone starts displaying their names on the screen next to their faces. You can now use their names to ask about the location of the nearest bathroom. You’re saved.

Pretty cool, huh? Just imagine all the other real world potential applications of this software.


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