Advertisements
Jul 29, 2007:

face-recognition.jpg

Hi everyone! This is Shankar Ganesh of Technology Blog guest blogging on Sizlopedia. For more Windows tips, technology and blogging related articles, do head over to my blog.

Face Recognition in Image Search Engines

Search Engines are getting better as everyday passes by, and we see new features added to give users the best experience and satisfaction ever. Face Recognition is a technology that has been adapted by search engines like Google, Live Search and Exalead in a move to tune up their image search results.

Now you could restrict image searches to only human faces, rather than getting more of irrelevant images.

Face Recognition Search in Google

Google silently added a face search operator a month or two ago, and appending the operator to the image search URL will list only photos of people, rather than listing all kinds of images.

For example, a normal image search for the keywords Neil Armstrong brings up the following results:

Google normal Image Search

On the contrary, if you add the &imgtype=face operator to the URL, the page lists only photos that are identified as ‘faces’. Have a look:

Google Face Search


Face Recognition in Live Search

Microsoft’s Live Search engine very recently added a face search operator that uses face detection algorithms to give the best face search results.

You can add any of these operators to the search box near your keyword to bring up images with people’s faces: filter:face or filter:portrait

Here’s a sample image search for Bill Gates on Windows Live search with the operator filter:face added:

Bill Gates Face Search

A list of related people can also be accessed from the sidebar. The results may not be that perfect, considering that face recognition technology is still in developmental stage and Live search’s index isn’t much big as Google’s.

Exalead Image Search Engine with Face Recognition features

Exalead is an image + video search engine with face recognition features. Plus – you could customize the search to bring up photos in specific sizes, colors/grayscale images etc.

Exalead

Exalead is also in Beta stage, and looks promising.

Comments

comments

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Ramkarthik July 29, 2007 at 3:12 pm

Shankar, thanks for the tip on how to get images alone in the search. I have wondered many times on how to get images alone or sometimes logos alone. Thanks for the tip. Great post and worth a Stumble.

Reply

Madhur Kapoor July 29, 2007 at 3:15 pm

Thanks for the info buddy . Never knew about this before .

Reply

Shankar Ganesh July 29, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Welcome, guys.

Reply

Haris July 29, 2007 at 9:13 pm

Cool…! Thanks a lot for sharing. It’s very interesting.

Reply

Brown Baron July 29, 2007 at 9:53 pm

Very nice guest post there buddy.

Reply

Dj Flush July 30, 2007 at 1:37 am

Very informative and truly amazing post Shankar. I really like to collect face pictures of different hollywood and bollywood celebrities and looks like this is going to be very easy form now on.

Thumbs Up :D

Reply

Shankar Ganesh July 30, 2007 at 5:36 pm

Thanks Dj and Brown Baron :) and Haris!

Reply

Nirmal August 1, 2007 at 10:19 am

Shankar,
That was a simple yet very useful trick.

Reply

Shankar Ganesh August 18, 2007 at 3:57 pm

Thanks Nirmal :D

Reply

simi April 24, 2010 at 8:56 pm

shytt she is hot !

Reply

Pakistani music May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

i think this can change the whole image searching.

Reply

Pakistani music May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

i think this can change the whole image searching.

Reply

Pakistani music May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

i think this can change the whole image searching.

Reply

Pakistani music May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

i think this can change the whole image searching.

Reply

Pakistani music May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

i think this can change the whole image searching.

Reply

Pakistani music May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

i think this can change the whole image searching.

Reply

Pakistani music May 8, 2011 at 3:10 pm

i think this can change the whole image searching.

Reply

Pakistani music July 5, 2011 at 9:10 pm

THanks for sharing this great resource now google have introduced voice recognition as well.

Reply

Leave a Comment

{ 3 trackbacks }