Identification on a new level
It is now possible with Azure to identify a people, objects, voice, video and a lot more.
With Azure Cognitive Services there is a whole range of new API’s available to interact with people and the surroundings.
Big data, machine learning, Internet of Things.
These are all terms we see popping up more often. They all belong to a growing concept.
As I like to adress it: “To know, To connect, To improve”.
Big data is all information we gather of a certain Topic, system or what we want to collect. The main issue with big data is how to analyse it without spending a lot of time, preferrably on-the-fly as you feel like it and want to know things about that data.
Internet of Things, actually it is about things all sorts of things. Things that can connect with each other. Think about starting up the heater on your way home from work. Changing your environment lights with an application on your phone. It’s all connected, more and more we connect.
Machine Learing, how it evolves to the desire we choose. It can be the way of how you interpret the Big Data. For example what parts of all that data you really want to use. You might give a suggestion for an answer on a question someone is asking. Knowing from previous input you can guide that person to the right point.
Cognitive Services from Azure provide an easy to use set of API’s to accomplish fast anylitics of data. Someone once told me “Knowing somthing is better to know notthing”. It might be easy to say but it’s true. If you have an website would no not like it give at least some information that can be shown instead of nothing at all when a process seems to fail. At least the contact email so that people still can contact you.
Azure Face API
With the Azure Face API you can get a set of information about an image. For example potition of a detected face. Let me show you. (yes it’s me)
First of al you will notice the red square around my face. That is the potition the Face API gave on detecting my face in this image. If you look close at the second line it says “I do recognize you Danny”, again yes it’s me. This information I got when I added people to groups. This way the Face API has learned to identify an image with my face.
To show you some more information what the Face API can tell you.
As you see the red dots on my face, those are 27 landmarks the Face API can give you at this moment. (just start counting).
It can give you an estimation on age, though this is not really my age but it is nice and probably something you can use with some customer services.
Further more it can give you information like gender, facial hair (beard, mustache and sideburns), if you have glasses (reading, sun or none), headpose and smile.
All and all a lot of information you can play around with. This is just a demonstration of the possiblities for furter information I advice to look at the Cognitive Services of Azure on https://www.microsoft.com/cognitive-services/.
The only thing left is to let your imagination have its way. There are a lot of possibilities to interact with the services and endless possibilities to create something. The tools are here now they need to get connected and shared with the world.