Google has this week quietly acquired PittPatt, the seven year old facial recognition company which was started by three “image analysis” and “pattern recognition” specialists from Carnegie Mellon University.
No details have been released about the purchase by either side. But the new facial recognition tools the company has created will be a perfect fits for Google new social networking service Google+ recently launched under invitation only.
The software which as been developed by PittPatt is already used in a number of well known products at Google including its Image Search, YouTube and Picasa products.
The PittPatt website explains:
At Google, computer vision technology is already at the core of many existing products (such as Image Search, YouTube, Picasa, and Goggles), so it’s a natural fit to join Google and bring the benefits of our research and technology to a wider audience. We will continue to tap the potential of computer vision in applications that range from simple photo organization to complex video and mobile applications.
Source: PittPatt : TFTS