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April 16, 2006
Microsoft's photo innovation will point to us
Microsoft's Chinese lab has come up with a search service based on camera-phone pictures. Pondering Primate writes, "The camera on your mobile phone is your "mouse" and every physical object has, or will become, a physical world hyperlink, Phase 2 of the Internet begins."
I suspect the commercial service will start as slow and unsatisfying. Microsoft will recognize only the pictures it holds in its own archives. But think about the intelligence possibilities for this technology. As police forces around the world amass digital libraries of criminal suspects, technology will match them to pictures pouring in from the world. Facial recognition software isn't yet up to this job. But it's getting there. And the police departments won't have to rely on informants with camera phones. They'll read images off of thousands of surveillance cameras, many of them already in place.
This post has much more on camera phone searching including one company (Mobot) and one project Semacode) that's been doing it for several years. You will also read more about content based image retrieval. This post also points out that camera phone searching in Japan has been available via Amazon since 2003.
Posted by: fred at April 16, 2006 08:02 PM
Microsoft Patch Causing Lockups, Crashes
MS06-015 Bulletin Conflicts With HP Hardware, Microsoft Says
Then the whole thing crashes and the intelligence
possibilities have to be recalulated. Patches are issued and they cause additional problems. All of a sudden your camera phone isn't working and you can't even call the police. Your whole network is down and you are waiting for patches to patch gaping holes that you can drive a Buick through.
China is plagued with bad water and they are playing with software.
Posted by: reader at April 17, 2006 09:32 AM