With the expansion of video on demand services and the widespread adoption of Internet television, various innovations are emerging in the fields of content customization, recommendation and information. The aim is to offer the spectator a viewing experience that gets better and better and is increasingly tailored to their tastes. This is particularly the mission that Reminiz has set for itself. Reminiz is a start-up that has been supported by the Orange Fab accelerator for several years.
“Do you ever watch the television and wonder who that actor was? Searching Google, IMDb or AlloCiné to find out takes time. And what about if these celebrities could be identified using facial recognition software?” The idea seems simple when Jack Habra, co-founder of Reminiz, explains how it evolved. Together with his team Antoine Biard and Alexis Kenda, he designed an application that is capable of recognizing any actor, presenter or other personality appearing on screen. It’s much more than just a guide: this service uses face recognition technology already harnessed by online giants such as Facebook. It is particularly useful when applied to the cinema and to TV shows. And the good news is that this innovation will soon be available on your Livebox.
Reminiz analyzes the faces appearing on screen.
At the Show Hello in March, Orange introduced its latest innovations as regards the digital revolution. Among the many new functionalities built into Orange TV is this “Shazam for faces”, which offers immediate access to detailed information on the actors while you are watching a movie.
“The faces of the actors appearing in the 9,000 titles in Orange’s VoD catalogue can be identified using Pre-Processing Recognition, an artificial intelligence system. The system is enhanced by a database of more than 15,000 biographies, photographs and filmographies: a veritable encyclopedia of cinema,” explains Nathalie Levron, Project Manager in Orange’s Mobile TV department.
This facility will be available from this summer on Orange’s video on demand service. In the future, the system could be integrated into all TV channel content. This is an enormous challenge: it would involve instant recognition of faces that appear in live broadcasts.
Just imagine… Combined with recommendation technology that is based on your viewing habits (“Did you like Game of Thrones? Try Black Sails!”), Reminiz could transform your Livebox into a truly personalized audio-visual dictionary. Just what you need for those long weekends of unabashed “binge TV” !
“Do you ever watch television and wonder who that actor was?”