Google Acquires Neven Vision For Face Recognition

It looks like Google is finally stepping it up a notch when it comes to integrating photo recognition into Picasa. Google recently acquired Neven Vision which will be used to help improve the photo searching capabilities that their photo manager has. The Official Google Blog makes the acquisition sound pretty exciting:

Neven Vision comes to Google with deep technology and expertise around automatically extracting information from a photo. It could be as simple as detecting whether or not a photo contains a person, or, one day, as complex as recognizing people, places, and objects. This technology just may make it a lot easier for you to organize and find the photos you care about. We don’t have any specific features to show off today, but we’re looking forward to having more to share with you soon.

So they are really just teasing us because they don’t even have a quick demo video that shows us what to expect from Picasa. While we sit here and twiddle our thumbs waiting to see this in action we can play with Picasa’s color recognition feature that is already implemented. Another option to keep you busy is to go tinker with the Web-based Riya who is already working on recognizing faces and objects in photos…and does it quite well.