The Face.com API, which estimates how old a person is, is available to developers who want to integrate facial recognition in their apps.

Face.com‘s new API offers a development in facial recognition, with software that can work out your age, gender and mood. It is available for developers to use age restriction in their apps and could also lead to systems to catch people buying alcohol or watching movies when they’re too young.

The API isn’t 100% accurate but gives an approximate age range using an algorithm that takes multiple factors into account, such as the shape of the person’s face and the smoothness of their skin. It also provides a confidence threshold of how effectively it was able to determine age based on the quality of the photograph and the angle of the person’s face. You can try out the API for yourself by uploading a photo, inserting a URL or using one of the photos already on the site.

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