At the same time, however, CNN's original story remains posted, and shows no obvious changes. In fact, the story has an interview with Hartmut Neven, the Google engineering director for image-recognition development. He said:
"We recognize that Google has to be extra careful when it comes to these [privacy] issues. Face recognition we will bring out once we have acceptable privacy models in place."That's an interesting quote as Google has come back since then and denied such an app is in development.
Privacy would obviously be a big hurdle for such an app. It might even be more of a hurdle than the tech. Google already has an image-recognition tool called Google Goggles, available both on Android as well as on iOS. This new app would seem to be Goggles on steroids. Goggles on Android is described as:
Search the real world by taking a picture.A video about Goggles can be found below.
Search by taking a picture. Goggles uses image recognition technology to recognize objects and return relevant search results. Identifies products, famous landmarks, storefronts, artwork, and popular images found online. Goggles can translate words in English, French, Italian, German & Spanish. Goggles can extract contact information from business cards.
Via: CNN, Engadget