Microsoft's Latest Artificial Intelligence App IDs Dog Breeds
After taking a stab at guessing the ages of humans, Microsoft unleashes an iPhone app that can be used to classify man's best friend.Project Oxford, Microsoft's cloud-based collection of machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) software tools, has already spawned some entertaining Web experiences, including TwinsOrNot.net, MyMoustache.net and the viral hit How-Old.net. Just in time for this year's Westminster Kennel Club Show in New York, Microsoft is using its AI technology on dogs with a new app for iOS called Fetch, the company announced today. "Using your iPhone camera or photo library, it can identify and classify dogs by breeds and tell you what kind of human personality fits best with specific breeds," wrote Microsoft spokesperson Athima Chansanchai in a Feb. 11 announcement. "And just for fun, the app will even take an informed guess on what kind of dog you or your friends might be." Apart from showcasing some of Project Oxford's AI capabilities, the app exemplifies Microsoft's recent efforts to live up to its "mobile-first" mantra. The dog-spotting app hails from Microsoft Garage, a relatively new unit within the software giant that publishes consumer mobile software. In contrast to the company's heavy hitters like Office and Skype, Garage apps are quickly developed and released by semi-autonomous teams within the company.
In the case of Fetch, the team was headed by Mitch Goldberg, a development director at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK, whose team specializes in machine learning and computer vision.