Posted 22 January 2013 - 10:54 AM
You've probably googled the subject and found very little. In readily available software, those involved in social media seem to have the most useful software that is free. I assume that Facebook's face recognition software is good but not very practical for your task. Google have a lot of experience, starting with blurring of faces in Street View. Picasa is probably as good as any. If you have ever tried Google Image's drag and drop photo detection software, it's quite spectacular. Take an image you have that may be on the Internet, bad quality, cropped etc, drop it on the page and it will come up with any similar images out there. It's never failed for me.
It's quite alarming really. Employers have already taken to social media to ferret out the background of potential employees. Soon, that silly prank you posted on YouTube may be putting paid to your future applications. Add to that the criminal element and other malignants. Viewers of the TV series "Person of Interest" will be familiar with the potential. BTW face detection is not the same as face recognition. In face recognition, the identity of the person is the goal, eg it's Joe Smith. That would be Facebook's variant.