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Doggelgänger: Human-Canine Matching Software
June 6, 2011 7:11 PM   Subscribe

Dogglegänger will analyse the contours of your face and present you with the adoptable dog who bears you the closest resemblance.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot (58 comments total) 33 users marked this as a favorite

 
Though I would rather believe that I don't resemble a Staffordshire bull terrier, the dog it picked for me is very very very cute and I wish I lived in Auckland so I could meet him and give him a snuggle.
posted by bewilderbeast at 7:18 PM on June 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


Abso. Lutely. Brilliant. Yup, that'll get petses adopted. bewilderbeast, that Staffordshire terrier is MINE.
posted by jet_silver at 7:23 PM on June 6, 2011


It took about 10 tries to get an acceptable photo, but when it did I got a lovely Australian Blue Heeler. Seconding the wish I was in Auckland.
posted by pernoctalian at 7:28 PM on June 6, 2011


Tried about 20 times to get an acceptable photo, then gave up. No matter. I'm already matched with perfect adopted dogs.
posted by Jimbob at 7:31 PM on June 6, 2011


It would be nice if they would explain why a photo was rejected.
posted by mkb at 7:32 PM on June 6, 2011


It matched me with a smiling yellow labrador! Great suspense.
posted by jamesonandwater at 7:33 PM on June 6, 2011


Wow, one of the strings printed while the program is loading is "Loading Bonery language". I assume that's supposed to be a play on "binary" but someone didn't think too far ahead.
posted by mkb at 7:35 PM on June 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I can say with certitude my system was not hacked. My pictures were not manipulated. I am 100% Wiener.
posted by gman at 7:35 PM on June 6, 2011 [11 favorites]


I tried several times and got Elliot, a gorgeous mixed breed. If only I could go pick up my canine twin...
posted by Tarumba at 7:38 PM on June 6, 2011


Cool, but took way too many tries to accept. It only took after I pulled a funny face.
posted by BungaDunga at 7:39 PM on June 6, 2011


It rejected me because I'm not white, I'm sure of it.
posted by Renoroc at 7:39 PM on June 6, 2011


Okay, went away in frustration and came back with more patience. To learn this is awesomesauce.
posted by meinvt at 7:39 PM on June 6, 2011


Applause.

My wife tried it, twice and both times it returned a dog so similar to the one she already has, and adores, that it is uncanny.

Me? First time a Siberian Husky and second time a Staffordshire (aka Pitt Bull).

I love it.
posted by bz at 7:44 PM on June 6, 2011


Huh. Two out of three times, I got a mastiff. I don't know what to make of that!
posted by craichead at 7:51 PM on June 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


(aka Pitt Bull).

Barking up the Tree of Life, no doubt.
posted by mykescipark at 7:52 PM on June 6, 2011


I get better results using webcam then an uploaded photo. Also, pleased to get German Shepherd.
posted by Marisa Stole the Precious Thing at 7:53 PM on June 6, 2011


What a beautiful intro. Whoever designed this site should be very proud.
posted by the young rope-rider at 7:58 PM on June 6, 2011


Awww...I'm a siberian husky with beautiful blue eyes!
posted by darkstar at 7:59 PM on June 6, 2011


(Okay, so the "beautiful blue eyes" is a bit of poetic license, granted...)
posted by darkstar at 8:00 PM on June 6, 2011


The skeptical part of me thinks it's just a random match in order to get people to adopt dogs from the shelter; but I'm kind of okay with that :)

My match was a 10 week old bull mastiff mix puppy :-S My actual dog is a Yorkie. misssmatch lol
posted by 1000monkeys at 8:14 PM on June 6, 2011


The software is stupid. It's just a simple average-colour matching algorithm. I plugged in my profile pic and it gave me a yellow lab.
posted by porpoise at 8:20 PM on June 6, 2011


Your spoiling my fun on purpose, Porpoise.
posted by ducky l'orange at 8:26 PM on June 6, 2011


("You're")
posted by ducky l'orange at 8:29 PM on June 6, 2011


Apparently, the Burger King would do well with Bull Terrier, and Matt Smith would welcome a Siberian Huskey.
(just out of curiosity, it's not random - using the same picture twice shifted and scaled the same results in the same results).
posted by Old'n'Busted at 8:38 PM on June 6, 2011


"Your image is unacceptable."

Tell me something I don't know, Einstein.
posted by Relay at 8:40 PM on June 6, 2011 [6 favorites]


I'm a 12 year old Fox Terrier. I love fetch.
posted by nile_red at 8:45 PM on June 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


I got an adorable greyhound-mastiff mix. Sweet!
posted by janepanic at 8:53 PM on June 6, 2011


I got a bull terrier. She has my frown lines.

(Wish they did cats!)
posted by Surfurrus at 9:00 PM on June 6, 2011


Man, GladOS must really be struggling for work these days.
posted by Popular Ethics at 9:06 PM on June 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


My son got the greyhound-mastiff, too. Probably a great dog.
posted by bz at 9:07 PM on June 6, 2011


I cannot get it to work for me with old photos no matter how hard I try. Oh well, I guess I'll try a webcam when I get out of work.

Grr, I do really wish they'd tell you why it doesn't work.
posted by lizarrd at 9:19 PM on June 6, 2011


Well I'm brown but it gave me a white heeler (a precious precious puppy I want precious puppy)
posted by Danila at 9:36 PM on June 6, 2011


same pic 4 times. every time a completely different dog. i think my doggelganger is a shapeshifter!
posted by fuzzypantalones at 9:38 PM on June 6, 2011


This is a really nice idea. Nice to see an idea to help those poor old pound dogs.
posted by the noob at 9:43 PM on June 6, 2011


Well, I'm white but it gave me a black lab.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 10:01 PM on June 6, 2011


Is there a gallery of dog/human matches anywhere?
posted by aeschenkarnos at 10:11 PM on June 6, 2011


If I make a face like a puffer fish, I get a very sad looking Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy.
posted by shinyshiny at 10:38 PM on June 6, 2011


If I make a face like a puffer fish, I get a very sad looking Staffordshire Bull Terrier puppy.

Does that mean I have a puffer fish face?!
posted by Surfurrus at 11:07 PM on June 6, 2011


IMAGE UNACCEPTABE FOR CANINE COMPARISON. PLEASE TRY AGAIN


um, OK...


IMAGE UNACCEPTABLE FOR CANINE COMPARISON, PLEASE TRY AGAIN

hey.


IMAGE UNACCEPTABLE FOR CANINE COMPARISON. PLEASE TRY AGAIN


FUCK YOU, ROBOT LADY.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:17 PM on June 6, 2011


I WOULD UNDERSTAND IF IT WERE CATS.
posted by louche mustachio at 11:19 PM on June 6, 2011 [1 favorite]


unfortunately, i keep on getting different dog pairings. i started off with a staffordshire terrier and then moved to a bull mastiff and to a mix. *sigh* none of my matches were above 60%. i guess my doggelganger is not in the database.
posted by ichimunki at 11:24 PM on June 6, 2011


Tried it, but my cat kept jumping in front of the webcam. She has opinions on this.
posted by redbeard at 11:24 PM on June 6, 2011 [2 favorites]


I may be a bitch, but I certainly do not resemble the mastiff* mix I was paired with.
I'm tiny, fine-featured, and have long white hair.

Maybe a saluki?

An intriguing concept, however. I'd like to see it with more sophisticated software and a larger sample pool of animals.

*Face it, these are pit bulls. If there's any "mastiff" in them, they're seven generations back.
posted by ahansen at 11:42 PM on June 6, 2011


OK, I got paired with the cutest greyhound-"mastiff" mix and maybe sobered up a little. So I'm not mad at you anymore, Robot Lady, and I'm sorry I swore at you.
posted by louche mustachio at 12:15 AM on June 7, 2011


I got a 7 month old staffordshire... wait, I think I have something in my eye... brb
posted by Lukenlogs at 12:26 AM on June 7, 2011


...it said I was a bitch! With a lovely caramel coat, but still. And after telling me my image was unacceptable for ten minutes. Geeze.
posted by oxford blue at 12:43 AM on June 7, 2011


Excellent stuff. I got matched with Grace, a 12 year old Fox Terrier Mix.

It's all to promote the Pedigree Adoption Drive - as in Pedigree the pet food people.
posted by DanCall at 1:47 AM on June 7, 2011


You mean Pedigree the "IT'S PEOPLE!" pet food.
posted by Mooseli at 3:14 AM on June 7, 2011


I got a couple of "image rejected" messages then tried again with better lighting on my face and all was well... then got paired with a Siberian Husky that would be great if I didn't live in an apartment on the other side of the Tasman Sea from it...

(not so keen on the fact that it leaves your webcam turned on even when it's not capturing though)
posted by russm at 3:43 AM on June 7, 2011


russm: "(not so keen on the fact that it leaves your webcam turned on even when it's not capturing though)"

I'm no computer doctor, but I imagine that's probably so the user doesn't have to reclick confirm on the flash permission to use webcam cap'n dialogue box.
posted by oxford blue at 4:03 AM on June 7, 2011


that would make sense... I wasn't thinking it was anything malicious, more assuming the original dev just didn't bother to close the webcam and nobody ever raised it as an issue...
posted by russm at 4:14 AM on June 7, 2011


Molly, Airdale Cross. Nice looking dog, too bad it's halfway round the world.
posted by lordrunningclam at 4:32 AM on June 7, 2011


couldn't get it too work
posted by mary8nne at 5:12 AM on June 7, 2011


I got Toodles, an 11 months old Heeler. I very much wanted to reach through the screen and give it a snuggle. How to snuggle dogs through a computer screen is clearly a problem that DARPA needs to get working on.
posted by Kattullus at 5:24 AM on June 7, 2011


I uploaded a picture of my dog and it showed me a picture of a cat.
posted by blue_beetle at 5:27 AM on June 7, 2011


My son got a pretty whimsical looking chihuahua cross. The cat is very thankful that this dog is an ocean away from us.
posted by theplotchickens at 6:15 AM on June 7, 2011


I wish it would just let me drag the damn photo - not enough fine grain control when adjusting to make your face fit into its little grid thing. Couldn't get it to work. Hrmph.
posted by antifuse at 8:23 AM on June 7, 2011


I'm getting an infinite loading screen. Anyone else?
posted by Gordafarin at 7:20 AM on June 8, 2011


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