PetaPixel

US Gov Working on Geotagging Photos Using Only the Background

Facial recognition technology has become ubiquitous in recent years, being found in everything from the latest compact camera to websites like Facebook. The same may soon be said about location recognition. Through a new project called “Finder“, the US government military research division IARPA is looking into how to quickly and automatically identify where a photograph was taken without any geotag data. The goal is to use only the identifying features found in the background of scenes to determine the location — kinda like facial recognition except for landscapes.

(via Wired via PopPhoto)


Image credit: 090920-A-2794B-004 by isafmedia


 
 
  • http://www.facebook.com/happytinfoilcat HappyTinfoil Cat

    It looks like they’re trying to map the surface of the earth and when someone like Bin Laden rears his head in a fatwa, can locate him. I think it would be much more effective if they add in the angle of the shadows and the timecode from the video. As a boy scout can tell you, if you know the time and the angle of the sun, you’re half way there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/happytinfoilcat HappyTinfoil Cat

    It looks like they’re trying to map the surface of the earth and when someone like Bin Laden rears his head in a fatwa, can locate him. I think it would be much more effective if they add in the angle of the shadows and the timecode from the video. As a boy scout can tell you, if you know the time and the angle of the sun, you’re half way there.

  • http://twitter.com/littledavee David Williams

    Good old US of A. :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

     Looks to me like the Imam is standing in front of an Arizona backdrop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

     Looks to me like the Imam is standing in front of an Arizona backdrop.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Marsh/674033156 Jim Marsh

     Looks to me like the Imam is standing in front of an Arizona backdrop.