Micro Visions’ Labor Day Hours

August 30th, 2016 by Pamela Michael

MVI Labor Day IconOur offices will be closed on Monday, September 5th for Labor Day.

As always, technicians are available for emergencies around the clock, 365 day a year, by calling (844) 776-0400.

We wish you all a safe and happy holiday weekend!

Facial Recognition Keeps Getting Creepier

August 16th, 2016 by Jennifer Lough

Micro Visions, Inc. Facial RecognitionMost people aren’t bothered by Facebook identifying their faces. That’s partly because Facebook is fairly innocuous (especially in Europe) compared to Russia’s latest social networking feature. FindFace, a new facial recognition app, takes a picture of a person on the street, runs it through a popular Russian social network, VKontakte, and matches the face to contact information and profile. This would be great, except that unsavory characters keep using it for less than honorable ends. Apparently, the idea was that people could get dates by identifying people on the street and learning about them before approaching. It’s like Facebook stalking, but creepier. And don’t bother denying your Facebook stalking. Everybody from your little brother to Big Brother knows you do it.

Russian dating schemes aside, facial recognition technology has been getting increasingly sophisticated, Read the rest of this entry »

Google Allo and the Impending Doom of “K”

August 2nd, 2016 by Jennifer Lough

Allo MVIA while back, Google announced the release of a new messaging app, Allo. Yes, Google has another messaging app, and no, it’s not some magnum opus of Google messaging apps, but it’s getting there. Allo is Google’s platform for integrating artificial intelligence with sending messages, which I’m fairly sure is another way of saying they’re giving us all another way to be lazy bums. Why? For starters, Allo is designed to learn how the user responds to messages and copy it. So, supposing my mother asks me when I’ll be home, Allo will note that I always respond 15 minutes even if I’m going to be less than 3 or at least 30, and it will give me that option. I can then send a prewritten response instead of taking the time to think about and write it. Actually, I suspect Allo might be smart enough to cross reference my location with home and figure it out for me (but that’s strictly speculation).

Even if it can’t solve my problems with timing, Allo can do some pretty snazzy tricks. When someone sends a picture, Allo can recognize objects in the picture and give response suggestions according to the contents. Read the rest of this entry »