Microsoft Patents Killer Mobile Dating Application

An interesting patent has surfaced today indicating that Microsoft might be planning to enter the mobile dating industry.
The patent, entitled Image-Based Face Search details how Microsoft could be developing complex facial recognition software. The patent explains how a photo could be uploaded from a mobile phone or PC and compared with millions of other pictures to find similar matching faces.

Imagine a dating site that allowed you to upload a photo of a certain hot celebrity and then returned profiles of all the users who looked like them?

Another implementation of the software is a HotOrNot style application – the user is shown a face and then rates it according to how attractive they find the person.

As you can see from the screenshot below the user can say they really like a persons eyes but that they aren’t too keen on the mouth. Microsoft can then take this information and find some matches that are more suited to your tastes. This would have huge potential in the lucrative online dating industry.


From the patent:

A search includes comparing a query image provided by a user to a plurality of stored images of faces stored in a stored image database, and determining a similarity of the query image to the plurality of stored images. One or more resultant images of faces, selected from among the stored images, are displayed to the user based on the determined similarity of the stored images to the query image provided by the user. The resultant images are displayed based at least in part on one or more facial features.

This disclosure is directed to image-based searching, and is shown and described in the context of an image-based face search for an online dating service.  

Traditional image retrieval techniques, such as those used in facial-recognition, cannot readily be applied to image-based face retrieval for online dating, since those conventional techniques typically focus on searching for a specific person (i.e., the same person depicted in the image used as the query), not other similar-looking individuals as desired in the online dating arena. Also, traditional image retrieval applications are not concerned with how to evaluate similarities between two persons’ faces, and how to understand what people perceive and evaluate when viewing similar faces.

The image-based search described herein allows users to search profiles using a desired reference or “query” image. This image based search may be implemented as an alterative to the textual queries used on most online dating sites, or may be combined with such textual queries to provide an augmented image-based face retrieval filter.


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9 thoughts on “Microsoft Patents Killer Mobile Dating Application

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  2. @Anil patel…

    Looks like you have a hidden agenda just talking ill about Romi Parmar. I have met him and his team at the 3GSM barcelona in 2007 ( and a number of times after that )and there was a certificate from Vodafone stating his involvement with the Vodafone Live project and Orange World Project. Now if that was not true why would anyone show it around as it will have major repercussion in a close knit mobile industry where everyone knows everyone. And while I was there, there were senior staff from Vodafone who came to have a chat with Romi as they were old friends from the vizaviz project ( which is what is now known as Vodafone Live! Maybe you been trying to dig dirt with the wrong people @ Vodafone.

    Why dont you go to any mobile monday London edition and check out how well respected and well known he is. And maybe have a chat with him to find out the hot air part and judge for yourself, as personal attacks on a public medium doesnt speak much of the person who indulges in it.



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  5. Why would this improve mobile dating?

    Say i want someone with eyes like claudia scheiffer, a smile like kate moss and a nose like Eva Longoria.

    It doesn’t mean this goddess is going to be on a dating site and nor does it mean she’s going to want to get with my saggy old face!

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