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VideoSurf automatically identifies actors: a SoundHound for video

January 7, 2011 | by Lars Aronsson

Android Apps, Multimedia, Verizon


Shazam and SoundHound are two apps that have a high wow-factor the first time you use them. They are music discovery apps that automatically identify songs you want to know the name of. The apps record a few seconds of the music, and then create an acoustic fingerprint based on the sample, that is uploaded to a server and then compared against entries in a database to find a match.

VideoSurf is an application that has a similar concept, but it identifies people on TV, and actors in movies and series. Let’s say you’re chilling in your couch and you happen to see an actor that you can’t remember the name of. Simply launch VideoSurf, and point your camera at the screen, and the app will identify the person.

Verizon has announced that VideoSurf will be available for free on “select 4G smartphones”, but we don’t know much more than that at this point. It’s a shame if the app only will be available for Verizon customers in the U.S., so let’s hope it soon will be released in the Android Market as well.

From the developers:

“Use your smartphone to capture a few seconds of what you’re watching on TV and VideoSurf’s visual search technology will identify the clip and the actors, and suggest other videos to watch,” said Lior Delgo, CEO and co-founder of VideoSurf.  “It’s like Shazam, but for video.”

Via [Android and Me]