Google Goggles – “Facial Recognition” for Your Smart Phone

First, I’d like to credit Mind Shift for their informative “Educational Apps of the Month” posting this month. There are some real gems there and one that I want to highlight: Google Goggles. Google and the J. Paul Getty Museum in Malibu California (one of my favorite museums of all time and listed in my article “Best Online & Interactive Museums“) have paired up to create this very cool identification app.

It plays off of the Face Recognition software that has become so famous with Facebook scandals. It is available for both iOS and Android devices. Click here to get the application (if you don’t already have it). You just take a photo of the artwork with your device (any art work) and it will then scan its library and pull up an information window.

It’s also not entirely reserved for Art Work. You can use Google Goggles to scan text, landmarks, wine labels, and more! I can’t wait to try this out! Remember, before you take photos in a museum confirm that it is permissible (and always turn off the flash!).

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About Jennifer Carey

My name is Jennifer Carey and I am a student and educator of the human condition. I have long studied history, trained in archaeology, and found a passion in the field of education. As a long-time lover of technology (my father bought our family our first Apple IIe when I was three), I love technology and what it can bring to the classroom. I have taught at various Universities for many years as well as educating gifted teenagers through the Johns Hopkins program, the Center for Talented Youth. I am currently the Director of Educational Technology at the Ransom Everglades School (a secular independent school) in Miami, Fl. I also have a few educational podcasts on iTunes from my days teaching at TCU: The Ancient City of Rome, Classical Archaeology (2008), Classical Archaeology (2009), Introduction to Classical Myth, and Ancient Eats. They’re enhanced (so you get the PowerPoints along with the vocal), but please excuse the poor audio editing. Feel free to Email Me or follow me on twitter.
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5 Responses to Google Goggles – “Facial Recognition” for Your Smart Phone

  1. Jim Wheeler says:

    Amazing. Not familiar with “Facebook scandals”, but I assume this technology is similar to facial recognition software designed for police work. Let us know how well it works.

    • Jennifer Lockett says:

      Jim, here’s a link to the FaceBook scandal: http://www.pcworld.com/article/229742/why_facebooks_facial_recognition_is_creepy.html
      It is the same facial recognition software in law enforcement (well, not the same as it’s not quite as sophisticated). You also see it in Apple iPhoto (I don’t know if you’ve used that software). It ‘recognizes’ faces in your photos and tags them, so if you want to find all the photos of your granddaughter, it’s already organized.
      I tried it out on a few objects in the house and it seemed to work pretty well. I think I’ll make a trip to the museum this week and try it out there. I’m also going to force my students to use it as well ;) Largely to satisfy my own curiosity.

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  4. gadgetrush says:

    This is awesome news.. should try it on my smart phone right away..

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