February 11, 2015
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Access to software that performs complex operations has been, and can still be, costly. Paying for expensive licenses can mean an alternative solution has to be sought or worse still, a feature won't be developed at all. Thanks to virtualization and a many other cloud features, we've seen these complex operations offered as services at a fraction of the cost. One such complex operation is that of facial recognition. This software hasn't seemed accessible at all with only applications such as Google Picasa, Apple's iPhoto, Facebook and more recently XBox Kinect being the most obvious examples where it has been used. These are big companies with big money to spend. This now changes as Face.com is offering a free to use face recognition API for photos.
A few years ago the best computer vision algorithms were the preserve of a few neural net researchers. Now, anyone can gain access to the best object detection algorithms in the world through public APIs. Wayne Walls, CTO at Filestack, put four of the best through their paces over at their blog.
In a world where social networks are a big part of everyday life, photo uploading and sharing has become hugely popular and with that, the need for the average person to be able to easily edit their photos as they please. PhotoCat is an online and mobile application for editing and retouching images. Created by a team of photography and tech enthusiasts, the application is designed to make photo editing a fun and simple experience for anyone. PhotoCat's API makes this functionality available to be integrated with other applications.