Google, Neven Vision & Image Recognition

Google, Neven Vision & Image Recognition

Google today acquired a key player in face and image recognition biometrics, Neven Vision. The benefits and new features which Google can roll out with Neven Vision under its belt are seemingly endless and if I were to compare the opportunity of Google’s new buy with any other recent acquisition in Google history, it would be that of Keyhole (ie. Google Earth & Google Maps).

Adrian Graham, Picasa Product Manager, made the Neven Vision acquisition announcement on the Google Blog : Neven Vision comes to Google with deep technology and expertise around automatically extracting information from a photo. It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo contains a person, or, one day, as complex as recognizing people, places, and objects. This technology just may make it a lot easier for you to organize and find the photos you care about. We don’t have any specific features to show off today, but we’re looking forward to having more to share with you soon.

Sure; image, face, place and object recognition can change the entire Google Picasa photo organization experience and with automatic tagging, may even become a serious competitor to Yahoo’s Flickr or Yahoo Photos.

There is, however, so much more to this acquisition beyond the photo album tagging and photo definition technology.

Patents, Video & Mobile Technology

First let’s look at the patents which Neven Vision holds. The NevenVison.com site has been taken down and is serving Google messages, but a glimpse at its pre-existing pages in Google Cache reward the reader with some nice background information on the company, its patents:

Patent Number & Description

* EP1072018 : Wavelet-Based Facial Motion Capture for Avatar Animation

* 1072014 Face Recognition from Video Images

* EP1072018 Wavelet-Based Facial Motion Capture for Avatar Animation

* 218457 Face Recognition from Video Images

* 218458 Wavelet-Based Facial Motion Capture for Avatar Animation

* EP1072018 Wavelet-Based Facial Motion Capture for Avatar Animation

* 1072014 Face Recognition from Video Images

* 6714661 Method & System for Customizing Facial Feature Tracking Using Precise Landmark

* 6222939 Labeled Bunch Graphs for Image Analysis (EYEM1160/ NE01)

* 6356659 Labeled Bunch Graphs for Image Analysis

* 6563950 Labeled Bunch Graphs for Image Analysis

* 6466695 Procedure for Automatic Analysis of Images & Image Sequences Based on Two Dimensional Shape Primitives

* 6272231 Wavelet-Based Facial Motion Capture for Avatar Animation

* 6580811 Wavelet-Based Facial Motion Capture for Avatar Animation

* 6301370 Face Recognition from Video Images

As we can see from the patent list, Neven Vision is not limited to facial recognition nor image recognition through images alone and holds a nice selection of video recognition patents, specifically centered around Face Recognition from Video Images and applying this technology to the mobile phone.

Loren Baker
Loren Baker is the Founder of SEJ, an Advisor at Alpha Brand Media and runs Foundation Digital, a digital marketing strategy & development agency.
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5 thoughts on “Google, Neven Vision & Image Recognition

  1. Is there anyway you can develop the technology to identify guns in a vehicle before a law enforcement officer approaches the car? I’ve seen some videos of some nightmarish attacks on Dish Network channels. Maybe connecting the recognition technology with hand held devices or with satellites using some kind of sonar/radar /non-thermal imaging reception sent to a dispatch point, GPS sight, blackberry or computer in the sqaud car. Create the image reflection to find smaller objects. This might work to reduce the cars metal response to radar. The technology to hear voices is possible; maybe something could be created to see images before the officer approaches the vehicle. Not necessarily usable in court, but just for safety’s sake. If we can scan people at airports, why not in their cars.

  2. Better yet, why don’t we fix up that little device to scan their homes also? I mean I’ve seen some innocent people on some nightmarish videos pull guns to protect themselves from improper search & seizure, we should be able to find a way to protect them from themselves as well. Geez, it’s people like you, with your idiotic ideas/ideals, that chip away at everyone else’s rights. You’re either a cop, related to one, or lost someone close to you in that area. Sorry for your loss if that’s the case, but the rest of us are hanging on to our rights, and privacy by a thread.