Saturday, July 07, 2007

Some useful Web Services

Here are some pretty useful internet services/sites, that I stumbled upon while browsing through the vast Internet Multi verse.

Google Portrait:- This is not a Google service as of now. It is maintained by IDIAP[ Institut Dalle Molle d'Intelligence Artificielle Perceptive], However it uses the Google image database for content retrieval.
This is a face recognition /portrait returning service developed by Dr. Sebastien Marcel . Being an image processing aficionado, I loved the service. You can type any celebrity's name in this [ currently abhishek upadhya is not supported thought], and before you can say 'google' , the results are there. The wise say, 'seeing is believing', which is kinda obvious for images. Hence I'll show you some results that I checked.
The service also provides a link to the original image, and the hosting domain, and only the face part of the result.
Some queries :- Manmohan Singh, George Bush , Amitabh Bacchan , Borat
I don't know the details of the algo, but it seems to cross reference with real portraits. as the borat example shown above , has him standing next a bunch of scantily-clad girls... and only his face his shown.

I recently got a Nokia 2865 CDMA cellphone[ many reasons, MOTO sucks, No sony here, Any person with a love for photography, would automatically detest Cellphones that people claim to also work as a camera. I mean, at 2MP, 2x zoom, that's a joke, and a sick one at that. Plus I own a Cool NIKON CoolPix [ see, it;s in the name too] ], hence bought this phone]

This has 3G browsing options[also mp3, H.264, mpeg playback] . So,I began scouting for mobile resources-softwares , ringtones.wallpapers etc... Here's a list of useful services.
Almost all major sites now have wap versions. Use them.

Google Mobile:- I mean google has to be there in every field right.. This site gives access to various google services like, google search, Gmail [ ya]... Picasa, and google calendar.The site's secure.. And It's Google.
Free Ringtones:- This site provides free Mp3 and polyphonic ringtones[ amr format too, wav coming soon]. A searchable interface, plus wap enabled. Just search your tone from your comp, get an access code. go to the wap front end on your cell phone, type the access code.. And it's free. You can download to your pc and transfer as well.