[Digikam-users] iPhoto vs. digiKam: face detection and recogntion

David Talmage talmage at acm.org
Tue Jan 6 17:39:49 GMT 2009

Bug 146288 (http://bugs.kde.org/show_bug.cgi?id=146288) is as a request 
for face detection and recognition in digiKam.  Today, as Gizmodo 
liveblogged the keynote of Apple's Macworld,  Phil Schiller announced 
those features for the new iPhoto.  It works as described in Bug 146288: 
you ask iPhoto to find faces in a photo, then you tell iPhoto who each 
face belongs to, then iPhoto can recognize those faces in other photos.

Before I read the live blog, I hadn't thought of any peace time uses for 
facial recognition.  I just thought it was something that evil 
governments and their police forces use as part of a national 
demoralization project.  (Yes, I live in the USA.  Don't get me started 
on the DHS and the TSA, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Gitmo.)

Now, I think I'd like to have that in digiKam.  If it's reliable, it 
would make tagging my photos a lot easier.  I guess it's on the schedule 
for KDE4.

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