Facial-Recognition App Lets People Identify Passersby By Their Online Dating Profile

Facial-Recognition App Lets People Identify Passersby By Their Online Dating Profile

A Google Glass app that closes the distance between strangers.

Serena Chu
  • 6 january 2014

Bridging the gap between social media and real-world interactions, NameTag is a facial recognition app that uses Google Glass’ camera to identify a passersby face, matching it with their online profiles.

The developers intended the app to boost the experience of online dating, making it more personal. Dating sites like and can take their services to the streets, where people can find themselves exposed to a larger pool of potential dates.

NameTag is altering the way we meet and “see” people, and Kevin Alan Tussy says, “I believe that this will make online dating and offline social interactions much safer and give us a far better understanding of the people around us.”

The technology does more than just the scanning of profile pictures. It will filter through the National Sex Offender Registry and other criminal databases to heed a word of caution under unexpected circumstances.


By turning the anonymous world seem less mysterious, Tussy wants people to use NameTag at their leisure, connecting with individuals who want to be connected. NameTag users will have the option to adjust their information and privacy settings.

Currently in its Beta state, NameTag will make its first appearance sometime in early 2014. However, even with further improvements, it is unsure whether or not Google will support the technology. Real-time facial recognition continues to be a questionable feature, but maybe NameTag, with its added privacy features, can demonstrate there are more societal benefits than complications.

Here are two videos that showcase what NameTag is all about.




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