Often hear you look just like someone else? Or you just know you look like a certain celebrity? Now you can just ask #TwinsOrNotRobot and find out for yourself! A few weeks ago we introduced TwinsOrNot as a demo at //build/tour. The site lets you select any two photos, compare the faces and provides you with a degree of likeness. We’ve now refreshed the site and provided better integration with Bing to make it easier to find images on the web.
TwinsOrNot is powered by Microsoft Project Oxford, a beta version of a set of APIs, SDKS and services freely available to developers to make their applications more intelligent and engaging. Project Oxford expands upon Microsoft’s evolving portfolio of machine learning APIs adding vision, speech, facial recognition, and language understanding to the set of advanced analysis capabilities. With machine learning technology, it is possible to create sophisticated models that learn from existing data to detect patterns and even predict future behaviors, outcomes, and trends. Developers who want to build breakthrough apps can easily implement machine learning APIs to perform advanced analysis without the expertise of a data scientist.
The popular site How-Old.net is the inspiration for TwinsOrNot.net. Created in two weeks by a team of three Microsoft engineers, How-Old.net quickly became an internet sensation and a brilliant example of these intelligent features. In a similar fashion, TwinsOrNot.net was built by Microsoft developer Mat Velloso in a few hours and was demoed at a //build/tour event to illustrate how anyone can quickly add machine learning intelligence to any application.
TwinsOrNot.net now features a visual refresh and new capabilities including using Bing integration to better compare to your favorite celebrity. We’re also inviting people to help us improve the technology by allowing us to keep their images. These are stripped of identifying information, such as location, and are used to train and improve Microsoft’s computer vision and related services. If people don’t opt-in to help us improve, the images are kept only for the duration of the session and any associated data is automatically deleted within 24 hours.
Try out the experience for yourself at TwinsOrNot.net by using Bing image search or photos on your device. For maximum enjoyment, experiment with a wide range of photos but do remember, this app is for fun and entertainment purposes only.