Though Google has banned facial recognition from Google Glass, one company is throwing that to the wind and is doing their own, anyway—and it's specializing in sex offenders.
NameTag, the Nevada-based company, has developed a Glass app that can recognize up to 450,000 sex offenders, and pulls its data from FacialNetwork.com. “I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us,” said NameTag’s founder Kevin Tussy. “It’s much easier to meet interesting new people when we can simply look at someone, see their Facebook, review their LinkedIn page or maybe even see their dating site profile.”
For all of you sex offenders out there that would rather your information not be made available on the app, there is a way around it. “People will soon be able to login to http://www.NameTag.ws and choose whether or not they want their name and information displayed to others," Tussy says, "It’s not about invading anyone’s privacy; it’s about connecting people that want to be connected. We will even allow users to have one profile that is seen during business hours and another that is only seen in social situations. NameTag can make the big, anonymous world we live in as friendly as a small town.”
If you're wondering how NameTag will be available on Glass though Google has banned facial recognition, it's because users can still jailbreak the device to do so, and Google has released instructions on how to do it.
So, the next time you're out at a bar, you'll be able to quickly recognize if the dude your chick friend is talking to is a major concern. Well, that's if Google Glass doesn't keep getting banned from bars, that is.