When you open your yearbook, regardless of your age, you are typically reminded of your fun times, friends and experiences. This technology does not replace the traditional yearbook, it brings it to life.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
The next time someone opens their yearbook, they may learn a lot more about their old friends than their senior quote. The newest technology in the nostalgia market is “Portrait Recognition,” a form of Image Recognition that allows yearbook readers to connect their smartphones to a personal page containing a collection of information such as photos, social network links, videos, and contact information for a classmate.
"It's about defining how you want to be remembered and making it easy to re-connect with the friends you lost touch with," stated Los Angeles, California based programming engineer Adesh Desai. “When you open your yearbook, regardless of your age, you are typically reminded of your fun times, friends and experiences. This technology does not replace the traditional yearbook, it brings it to life.”
Portrait Recognition is essentially an invisible QR code, which allows a smartphone owner to scan a portrait in the yearbook to obtain information about that person. Anyone aged 13 and over can soon claim their page in the printed yearbook. Digital Yearbook Page Inc., based in Los Angeles, California has had thousands of users already pre-register for a free account in eager anticipation of the mobile app.
Of course, the ability to turn a yearbook portrait into a personal page of information raises some issues of privacy and safety. At first glance, it may appear that facial recognition is being used. But Portrait Recognition does not involve faces. It simply 'matches' the portrait scanned with the portrait in the database. The technology works only if you consent to make your yearbook portrait interactive. In addition, because faces are not recognized, the technology does not work with any photos you may have online or elsewhere.
"It’s an age-old limitation with the traditional yearbook. People don’t always feel represented. They want to be remembered as individuals. Portrait recognition gives users the ability to fully express themselves." says Robert Nunn, Co-Founder of Digital Yearbook Page Inc. Nunn says that DYPs (Digital Yearbook Pages) can be synced with Facebook and Twitter accounts, and the digital page content will last long after their printed yearbook is gone.
Alexis Zamora, a high school senior and beta user of the DYP app has already created her DYP and expects to update it as she moves on in her life. "I think it’s really cool to have a place where I can showcase the memories that matter to me. I was on the yearbook staff my junior year and my classmates were always disappointed when they only had one or two photos in the yearbook. With this new technology, I can’t imagine having a yearbook without having a DYP.” Zamora, 17, told AP.
About DYP (Digital Yearbook Page, Inc.):
DYP is a new, fun and easy way to Keep In Touch. We view ourselves as partners with customers, students, schools and yearbook publishers. Our mission is to give every school, organization, and social club a platform to broadcast, reunite, stay in touch, and tell their own story. For more information, visit DYP online at http://www.dypage.com.