Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Cruise Images Use Facial Recognition

Cruise line photography leverages digital facial recognition technology
If you've been on a cruise ship lately, you'll notice how digital technology has completely overhauled the onboard photography business. It used to be that passengers would have to huddle over racks of printed photos to find their own and then determine if they wanted to purchase. The process was time consuming and often frustrating. Thanks to facial recognition software like FaceIt, used by the largest concessionaires - The Image Group - of cruise line photography, cruise photographers need only to capture your image during the boarding process to make discovering your many onboard candids as easy as popping in your stateroom key card into a digital kiosk in the photography section of the ship. The facial recognition software organizes all photographs of you into your stateroom number digital file, pulling up all images for you to review and order all in the same session. The software can "magically" do this because every face has numerous, distinguishable landmarks, the different peaks and valleys that make up facial features. A software like FaceIt defines these landmarks as nodal points and each human face has approximately 80 nodal points. Some of these measured by the software include:
  • Distance between the eyes
  • Width of the nose
  • Depth of the eye sockets
  • The shape of the cheekbones
  • The length of the jaw line

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