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!