on Tuesday unveiled a new technology that will allow users to search the Internet for images using facial recognition and 3D modeling.
“The problem is that it’s hard to search for images unless they are tagged correctly,” Mikkel Thagaard, Polar Rose vice president of Business Development, told Macworld. “Often times when you search you get a lot of irrelevant material. We make photos searchable by recognizing the people in the photos.”
Using the Polar Rose technology users will be able to more accurately search for people — instead of relying on how people label or tag images, Polar Rose will analyze images and recognize the facial features.
According to the company, the technology will also be able to recognize facial features while compensating for differences in lighting, facial expressions and pose.
Users will also be utilize the technology to find people that match specific features of an image they’re looking at.
Polar Rose will be available as a free Web browser plug-in for users and as a royalty-free API (Application Programming Interface) for partner integration. A public beta will be released in Q1 2007.