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Las Vegas – FacialNetwork.com is releasing a beta app called NameTag for Google Glass. The app can spot a face using Google Glass' camera, send it wirelessly to a server, compare it to millions of records and in seconds return a match complete with a name, additional photos and social media profiles.
"I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us," said NameTag's creator Kevin Alan Tussy. "It's much easier to meet interesting new people when we can simply look at someone, see their Facebook, review their LinkedIn page or maybe even see their dating site profile. Often we were interacting with people blindly or not interacting at all. NameTag on Google Glass can change all that."
Although FacialNetwork.com promotes the app as a way to scan online dating photos and also to check to see if people you interact with are listed on sex offender registries or have other criminal history, it is not hard to imagine retailers having use for this app. It would certainly make personalized in-store customer interactions much easier and quicker. NameTag developers have said there will soon be an opt-out feature.
NameTag is currently available on Glass for Beta testers and expects its website and app to launch in the first quarter of 2014 and hopes it can be officially available to Google Glass users as well. Google does not currently support facial recognition for Google Glass.