PittPatt (Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition) posted an official announcement on their website stating that Google has aquired the company, yet there is no word from Google about this aquisition. Maybe they will do it first thing on Monday morning as it is already weekend?!?!
Anyways, PittPatt is a company specialized in face recognition technology, that can match people in photos, videos and more. The company has created a number of algorithms in face detection, face tracking and face recognition.
Probably the technology will be implemented into Google Plus social network in the next couple of months.
This is the official announcement written on PittPatt website:
“We are happy to announce that Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition has been acquired by Google!
Joining Google is the next thrilling step in a journey that began with research at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute in the 1990s and continued with the launching of Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition (PittPatt) in 2004. We’ve worked hard to advance the research and technology in many important ways and have seen our technology come to life in some very interesting products. At Google, computer vision technology is already at the core of many existing products (such as Image Search, YouTube, Picasa, and Goggles), so it’s a natural fit to join Google and bring the benefits of our research and technology to a wider audience. We will continue to tap the potential of computer vision in applications that range from simple photo organization to complex video and mobile applications.
We look forward to joining the team at Google!
The team at Pittsburgh Pattern Recognition”