Microsoft’s How Old app Available for Windows Phone
Microsoft announced its face detection Application Programming Interface (API) last month at the Build developer conference. Now the company has introduced Windows Phone app to further flaunt its face and age recognition capabilities.
The website (How-Old.net) isn’t exactly different from the mobile app; Azure-based website allowed users to upload pictures and the rest was API’s work. The software’s task is to scan the faces in the picture and predict an age and gender.
In the mobile app version, users can upload pictures from libraries or take a fresh photo via the camera and the rest works the same as the website. Microsoft Online (Company’s Chinese Wing) is listed as the publisher resulting in limited social sites such as Weibo and WeChat through which the results can be shared.
The app isn’t always absolutely right, some people find this app funny since it produces false results. Immediately after the app was shown at the build, it went viral especially on Twitter. Steve Ballmer, Microsoft’s Chief Executive is actually 59-year-old although when his photo was uploaded on the app it stated 86, which seems like quite a difference.
Then again it is just a start-up app, it is expected to go through a lot of changes and improvements. However, Microsoft’s move of making it available on the Windows Phone would increase or encourage people to at least try it. Followed by multiple comments/feedback which will result in improvements.
The app is not only producing the incorrect data in terms of the age, it is also recognizing the genders incorrectly and confusing males with females. What do you think of the app? Do you think it is worth a try? Let us know!