Sadahiko Nakajima, a psychologist from Kwansei Gakuin University in Japan, set out to solve in a recent study published in the journal Anthrozoös. This wasn’t Nakajima’s first stab at it. In prior research, he and his colleagues had shown that research participants could match photos of owners and their dogs by facial appearance alone. People could also recognize that photos of dogs and owners that the investigators had arbitrarily coupled were fake pairs. Impressive! Still, that just told him that people are surprisingly adept at knowing which pooch goes with which person on the basis of their facial appearance. So in this latest study, Nakajima teased apart the various possibilities to find out which facial features people use to make their bizarrely accurate judgments.

What it does

Using AI and Facial recognition, we've managed to match owner with their potential dog through personality and look

How we built it

We built an AI engine for the back end and front end

Challenges we ran into

Face matching from dog to human isn't that easy, so we are actually running the difference over similarity

Accomplishments that we're proud of

We built an app that can match owner with potential dogs

What we learned

Pets are human's best friends

What's next for Familiar

Talk to different shelters and go live!

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