When will tivo have this?

Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition

Here we illustrate the face mining concept for the TV series Star Trek. Specifically, we applied our state-of-the art algorithms in face detection, face tracking and face recognition to 67 Star Trek episodes over three seasons. This process automatically extracts all visible face tracks, and clusters these into a small number of same-person groupings. Currently, we recognize frontal or near-frontal tracks. In the near future, we will extend our results to non-frontal tracks as well.

Given our face mining output, it took a person less than five minutes to assign names to all the main characters (Kirk, Spock, Mccoy, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov)

Pretty much since the damn thing came out I’ve been lusting for something that would let me freeze a frame, point to an actor, and get a link to imdb: who is that, what else were they in, why are they familiar? And of course then the links back to tivo for upcoming appearances, netflix to put them on my queue (or delete them), amazon to order the dvd’s. Maybe another 10 years and it will actually happen.

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