26 Jul

Google acquires face recognition software company “PittPatt”

Google buys computer vision startup “PittPatt” spun out of the robotics institute at Carnegie Mellon University. “PittPatt” is a face recognition software company and Google is likely to use this in its Google+ photo application to enhance the tagging feature.

“At Google, computer vision technology is already at the core of many existing products (such as Image Search, YouTube, Picasa, & Goggles), so it is a natural fit to join Google & bring the benefits of our research & technology to a wider audience. We’ll continue to tap the potential of computer vision in applications that range from simple photo organization to complex video and mobile applications,” a statement from PittPatt reads.
This new software will help Google to match the standards of Tagging features created by Facebook. The amount paid to buy “PittPatt” is still not officially released by Google.

“The Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition team has developed innovative technology in the area of pattern recognition and computer vision,” a Google spokesperson said.