February 23, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
Place your phone’s camera over someone’s face and it brings up links to their social network profiles? Yes, it’s possible in TAT’s Recognizr prototype. When a user focuses their device’s camera on someone who has been entered into the app before, a series of user-defined icons will hover over a live image, providing quick links to someone’s Yahoo, Skype, Flickr, YouTube, Picasa, MySpace, Twitter, Facebook, and business card.
Cool concept or practically pointless? The recognition software will require that users opt-in to Recognizr, so you won’t be able to snap a photo and store the information locally. This also won’t fill in the gaps of creeps looking to Facebook stalk the girl across the room or recognize the name of old friends from high-school you are about to run into at the grocery store (I’ve been both). Only time will tell if something like this flourishes or flounders, but it wouldn’t surprise me if people opt-in to this service considering we already over-share so much of our daily activity on Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, Gowalla, etc.