Creative Ideas: ‘Fetch’ Microsoft’s New App Can Identify Your Dog breed with Photo

dogNew York: US-based technology giant Microsoft has launched a new image recognition app that looks at photos of dogs to identify its breed or at least tell the percentage of the closest match in case it cannot make an exact match.

Microsoft on Thursday announced the release of Fetch! for iPhone users. The app allows users to take a picture of a dog you see (or use one from your photos library) and identify its breed. But wait, there’s more.

“There was an interest in creating a framework that would allow you to take a domain – in our case, dogs – and recognise numerous classes, such as breeds. We were interested in enabling an app to allow you to make object recognition extraordinary, fun and surprising,” says Mitch Goldberg, a development director at Microsoft Research whose Cambridge, U.K based team built the experience.

“We wanted to bring artificial intelligence to the canine world. We wanted to show that object recognition is something anyone could understand and interact with.” Microsoft insists that the app utilises machine learning, so it will only get better with use.

Coming to the other interesting feature of the app, you can click your image (or any person you want) and the app would tell you the type of canine you would be if you were a dog.

Easy use of App- To use the app, you simply show it a picture of a dog and it returns with the name of the breed. If there is no dog in the photo, the app says: “No dogs found!”

Last year, Microsoft launched a website that would guess people’s ages from their photos. However, the results were a hit or miss because the results depended on the many factors of the picture such as framing and lightening in the picture.

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