• Chinese Photo Site Tuyuan May Do Facial Recognition. Or It May Just Put Boxes Around People's Heads

    I can’t really say much about Tuyuan yet since it’s in Chinese and there isn’t much information (translated page here), but it certainly looks like they’re trying to tackle the facial recognition problem that has destroyed many a startup. We’ve seen Riya (now focused on ecommerce via Like.com), Ookles (never launched), and Polar Rose (in private beta for nearly… Read More

  • Image Recognition Problem Finally Solved: Let's Pay People To Tag Photos

    Most people have thousands of digital photos sitting on their hard drive. And the vast majority of those photos aren’t tagged or searchable. Want to find the 300 pictures of your youngest son amongst 10,000 others? It’s not going to happen. Unless you’ve been diligently tagging and categorizing those photos over the years, and who does that? The problem is obvious. The… Read More

  • Polar Rose Debuts At Gnomedex

    Polar Rose, a European startup that has a unique approach to recognizing faces in photos (remember Riya?), is having a bit of a pre-launch coming out party at the Gnomedex conference in Seattle today. We first wrote about the company last December, way before they were ready to take beta testers. But even then it was clear that they were on to something. They use a browser plugin to allow users… Read More

  • Polar Rose: Europe's Entrant Into Facial Recognition

    Malmö, Sweden based Polar Rose is having its coming out party today and pre-announcing a product release slated for early next year. CEO Nikolaj Nyholm gave me demo of what’s coming last weekend. Polar Rose is trying to solve the increasingly important problem of making sense out of photos. Without semantic data, a photo isn’t much use to a computer trying to convert a keyword… Read More