TechCrunch » First Screen Shots of Riya

This EXCITES me. It would be spectacular to take 20 Thousand plus pictures, Tag them AND make them searchable in a matter of hours. These guys are going to make millions.

TechCrunch » First Screen Shots of Riya:

Riya leverages potent facial and text recognition technology with an intelligent interface to help people make sense of the thousands of untitled and untagged photos that are building up on their hard drives (and on the web)…

The process starts with registration and choosing a privacy setting on your pictures. You then download a client application that uploads photos you choose to include in Riya. The actual uploading takes a while – about 4 hours for each GB of photos. Instead of waiting around, Riya will email you when the process is complete.

That’s when the fun starts. In my case about 400 pictures were uploaded. I was presented with a view of facial thumbnails of everyone in my photos. Riya asks that you begin to educate it by telling it who the people are…it then very quickly starts to auto-tag pictures with a surprising level of accuracy. Within moments I had a large percentage of my photos fully tagged with people’s names.

Riya also recognizes text in photos, and lets you select any area of a photo and tag that as well. For instance, you could select just the Eiffel Tower in a photo and tag it as such. Within moments, everything of importance in all of my photos was tagged. And more importantly,
it was searchable.

Thanks to TechCrunch for sharing!