You could soon be able to tap into someone’s social networks simply by pointing your phone at that person. That’s the goal of Swedish tech company The Astonishing Tribe, which is prototyping technology combining facial-recognition software with a heads-up augmented-reality display that shows a person’s social-network information.
Smartphones equipped with the application would be able to match someone’s facial features to a database in real time. “We thought the idea of bridging the way people used to meet, in the real world, and the new Internet-based ways of congregating would be really interesting,” says one company researcher. MIT Technology Review