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Revolutionary new web technology detects cat's faces in any picture.(Does not support IE)
posted by Ad hominem (82 comments total) 14 users marked this as a favorite

 
Lots of pussy on the internet joke. How did these cats get stuck in this picture? joke.
posted by chavenet at 11:57 AM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I have no idea how these people got their cat's faces wedged into their revolutionary new web technology, or why.

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posted by RobotHero at 11:59 AM on June 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


Finally, a way to automate Who's A Kitty?!
posted by The Whelk at 12:01 PM on June 15, 2012 [13 favorites]


Am I Cat or Not
posted by found missing at 12:02 PM on June 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


It didn't find this kitty.
posted by Burhanistan at 12:04 PM on June 15, 2012


I tried it with my profile pic of the dashing Mr. Furley. The website detected 0 cats.

That's because Mr. is not really a cat; he is a mysterious man of adventures and intrigues. In cat disguise!
posted by medeine at 12:04 PM on June 15, 2012 [5 favorites]


IE has gone to the dogs?
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 12:05 PM on June 15, 2012 [7 favorites]


Finally, I will never accidentally send out another grant with cats photo bombing the photos of the organization again!

I expect our rejection rate to double.
posted by Shadax at 12:05 PM on June 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Now I can die happy.
posted by dgran at 12:06 PM on June 15, 2012


Failed to identify my calico (and I certainly didn't expect it to find her ninja brother).
posted by uncleozzy at 12:06 PM on June 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Tried with 7 kitty photos. Only identified one correctly. :-( It doesn't even identify all the kitties in the test image with 4 cats.
posted by specialagentwebb at 12:07 PM on June 15, 2012


Using the site's own test photos, the algorithm seems to think that a leaf is of the feline persuasion.

I remain unconvinced.
posted by Guernsey Halleck at 12:07 PM on June 15, 2012


No surprise, it does not work on cats cleverly disguised as bread. Does work on sad kitties and Kittens with awesome staches.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:09 PM on June 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


Cat feces?
posted by Confess, Fletch at 12:12 PM on June 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


The readme is especially interesting - uses orient gradients and then a neural network to do the classification. Interesting in that people-face detection usually uses haar-like features in libraries like opencv.
posted by tmcw at 12:12 PM on June 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


> Kittens with awesome staches.

Shouldn't you be working on that Sellickinize Your Cat site instead?
posted by Burhanistan at 12:13 PM on June 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


It also uses cat face detection algorithms pioneered by Microsoft so that may be part of the problem.
posted by Ad hominem at 12:15 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Apparently my cats are invisible.
posted by restless_nomad at 12:15 PM on June 15, 2012


Am I Cat or Not

Cat or Rat
posted by curious nu at 12:16 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Chance is going to be mortified to hear she's a cat.
posted by Mooski at 12:21 PM on June 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


iPhoto sees a photo of a bunch of cat statues as people. And even though I tried to train it to recognize my cat it can't see Peanut. However I do get a laugh when it suggests my friend Esme might be Peanut.
posted by birdherder at 12:23 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Successfully finds 0 cats in this picture of the Beatles.
posted by steef at 12:27 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am getting tonnes of false positives.
posted by Meatbomb at 12:29 PM on June 15, 2012


I read it as feces too.
posted by achrise at 12:32 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've really gone off Lithuanian Beet Soup.
posted by cromagnon at 12:37 PM on June 15, 2012 [10 favorites]


It's amazing that some serious manpower is being put into solving a problem that any eight-year-old will happily do for free. (Okay okay, I'd do it for free too. And do actually. But don't tell anyone that, I'm hoping to land a plum Cat Finding job soon. I'm in talks with a bunch of mouse investors.)
posted by JHarris at 12:38 PM on June 15, 2012


Needs work...
posted by codacorolla at 12:39 PM on June 15, 2012 [8 favorites]


Or maybe the first raccoon is a cat in a raccoon (tanuki?) suit, and it's just REALLY next level technology.
posted by codacorolla at 12:39 PM on June 15, 2012


anyone else having trouble dragging pictures into the box? They don't appear when I do. :(
posted by timsneezed at 12:40 PM on June 15, 2012


A friend of mine tried this, with disturbing results...
posted by vorfeed at 12:41 PM on June 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


2 cats detected
posted by Flunkie at 12:46 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Revolutionary new web technology detects cat's faces in any picture does not support IE.
posted by Garm at 12:57 PM on June 15, 2012


Cat feces?
posted by Confess, Fletch


You have no idea how glad I am to see that I wasn't the only one who read it that way the first time!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 12:59 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


(Does not support IE)

As one who waded-through the seemingly endless years of IE-only websites, I can only chuckle at this.
posted by Thorzdad at 1:00 PM on June 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Awesome.
posted by ph00dz at 1:05 PM on June 15, 2012


"kittydar is best at detecting upright cats that are facing forward "
posted by Joey Michaels at 1:09 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


anyone else having trouble dragging pictures into the box? They don't appear when I do. :(

Works for me dragging pictures from the filesystem using Firefox or Chrome.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:14 PM on June 15, 2012


I am allergic to this website.
posted by not_on_display at 1:17 PM on June 15, 2012


If this worked, I would totally use it to target a robotic water cannon in my back yard.
posted by localroger at 1:18 PM on June 15, 2012 [7 favorites]


"kittydar is best at detecting upright cats that are facing forward"

When I put in a photo of my cat (upright, facing forward) it was so good at identifying her that it said she was TWO cats.

Then I put in an old photo of my dear departed cat and it said zero cats detected. Somehow it knew she was no longer of this world.... Spooky!
posted by hurdy gurdy girl at 1:26 PM on June 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


Does not detect Mr. Cat as he is clearly the next step in feline evolution and thus not strictly a cat.
posted by Ad hominem at 1:32 PM on June 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Whoops did I break it? Nope, 4 out of 9
posted by achrise at 1:33 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Does that means hurdy gurdy's cat is down to her last two lives?
posted by maryr at 1:33 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I am getting tonnes of false positives.

Purreidolia: a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as a cat.
posted by Knappster at 1:36 PM on June 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


kittydar is best at detecting upright cats that are facing forward

Perfect for an animal known for staying exactly where you want them to do when you take a picture! Oops...
posted by MCMikeNamara at 1:45 PM on June 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


Nastassja Kinski fail
posted by mrgrimm at 1:45 PM on June 15, 2012


Morrissey is a cat with a cat on his head
posted by mrgrimm at 1:48 PM on June 15, 2012 [4 favorites]


IE has gone to the dogs?

Holy deja vu, Bat Man! Your joke (well played, by the way) totally flashed me back to the late 90s Apple browser Cyberdog, the title of which came from the famous New Yorker cartoon (and oddly appropriate caption for this FPP).

I need to sit down and fan myself before the vapors of nostalgia o'erwhelm my senses!
posted by Celsius1414 at 1:55 PM on June 15, 2012


Mmmm hmm
posted by codacorolla at 1:55 PM on June 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


Revolutionary? To be revolutionary, there would have to be a revolutionary change as a result of being able to detect cat's faces in photos. Since this will not have a major impact on any part of our lives, it is hardly revolutionary.
posted by Ironmouth at 2:03 PM on June 15, 2012


Only 4/5 of Wikipedia's main image for the entry on "cat" are recognized.
posted by maryr at 2:04 PM on June 15, 2012


Morrissey is a cat with a cat on his head

But, unlike on the cat, the box on him only has one side of his face so he must be Half a Person.
posted by D.C. at 2:10 PM on June 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


This + Place Kitten = a potentially viable system for automatically checking to make sure you got all the placeholders filled with real content.
posted by weston at 2:14 PM on June 15, 2012


I don't want to live a life in which detecting cats has no impact.

1) Write a browser plugin that blocks all pictues that are not cats from being displayed in your browser.
2) A simple web app that inserts moustaches, funny hats and little bow ties into pictures of cats.
3) Science will now be able to detect cats that were previously impossible to detect. I think the technical term is "Dark Kitties"
4) Aliens in cat form will now be able to be detected. Aliens in cat form were first documented in the 1978 film The Cat from Outer Space.
posted by Ad hominem at 2:15 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Missed all five.
posted by pracowity at 2:17 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Controversial Cat detected
posted by zephyr_words at 2:23 PM on June 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Here's the python code:
def does_internet_image_contain_cat(image):
    return True

posted by chairface at 2:25 PM on June 15, 2012


I'm actually kind of curious as to WHY it doesn't support IE, it doesn't seem to be using anything that IE9 doesn't have. Looks like it was written using CoffeeScript, so chances are the creator doesn't know either.

Also... It claims to use a neural net? Wah? Is that done locally?
posted by Artw at 2:27 PM on June 15, 2012


Revolutionary? To be revolutionary, there would have to be a revolutionary change as a result of being able to detect cat's faces in photos. Since this will not have a major impact on any part of our lives, it is hardly revolutionary.

Hmmmm, looks like you're right. Shut 'er down, boys.
posted by codacorolla at 2:35 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ah, never mind, looks like drag and drop support is not as cross browser as I'd thought - I've seen it done in IE but clearly not without some kind of fix.
posted by Artw at 2:37 PM on June 15, 2012


When this web thing evolved on top of the internet I was promised that no one would know that I'm a dog. This is yet another promise of freedom squashed by the man.
posted by rdr at 2:38 PM on June 15, 2012


Sorry ceiling cat, you've been spotted.
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre at 2:41 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


I don't think this website works. I dragged kitty pictures into the square and...nothing. I must have invisible kitties, or else there's an Art and a Science to getting stuff like this to work.
posted by Rosie M. Banks at 2:51 PM on June 15, 2012


How am I going to break it to these guys that they've been meowing, eating cat food, and pooping in boxes all their lives for no good reason?
posted by jocelmeow at 2:56 PM on June 15, 2012


Damn! Zero cats. That would have explained everything!
posted by misha at 3:03 PM on June 15, 2012


When I first read the post and tried the app, I thought it would find patterns of color/textures/objects that looked *like* cats in pictures without cats (like dogs in duck bills, eh?)

I can't tell you how disappointed I was.
posted by mrgrimm at 3:30 PM on June 15, 2012


I don't think this website works. I dragged kitty pictures into the square and...nothing. I must have invisible kitties, or else there's an Art and a Science to getting stuff like this to work.

I don't know if this describes what you're doing, but it only works from desktop/file folder/download bar, not from one site to another.
posted by codacorolla at 3:31 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Excellent! Now that we know how evil cats are manipulating society, somebody has finally developed browser-based technology to help mobilize the human Resistance!
posted by wolfdreams01 at 3:35 PM on June 15, 2012


I think he's just trying to steal our cat pictures.
posted by McCoy Pauley at 3:45 PM on June 15, 2012 [3 favorites]


Sorry ceiling cat, you've been spotted.

Kittydar is watching Ceiling Cat watching you masturbate.
posted by Strange Interlude at 3:46 PM on June 15, 2012


Well. 'Hello Kitty' is not detected as a kitty.
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 4:11 PM on June 15, 2012


Some cats aren't really cats.
Some non-cats are actually cats.
Open your eyes.
posted by DyRE at 4:42 PM on June 15, 2012


Hmph.

Didn't detect my little buddy either. Of course, this is kittydar, not uncontestedmasterofallisurveydar, as he would have it understood.
posted by Samizdata at 5:23 PM on June 15, 2012


I call shenanigans.

1. According to the readme, kittydar uses HOG DESCRIPTORS.

2. THIS!!!
posted by moonmilk at 5:29 PM on June 15, 2012 [2 favorites]


Two cats detected
posted by desjardins at 6:20 PM on June 15, 2012


Man, this thing's missin' all sorts of important cats.
posted by dr. boludo at 6:56 PM on June 15, 2012 [1 favorite]


Yup.
posted by timsneezed at 7:14 PM on June 15, 2012


Well, it found Fisher and most of Lyra.
posted by Dipsomaniac at 8:10 PM on June 15, 2012


Angry Laser Kitty stumped it.
posted by jeffburdges at 2:19 AM on June 16, 2012


Some cats aren't really cats.
Some non-cats are actually cats.
Open your eyes.


Dude, if the Kittydar is right and the rest of us are wrong, this is so the first chapter of a Philip K. Dick novel.
posted by localroger at 2:19 PM on June 16, 2012


I recently bought a new camera. Nothing fancy, just a $125 Panasonic Lumix. But it has autofocus technology which was new to me.

I continue to boggle at the way this camera can identify a kitty! As long as the kitty is facing either directly forward or to the side, it always - without fail - focuses on the kitty's face. How does it know.

I like to think that my camera just likes kitties. Because duh.
posted by ErikaB at 5:17 PM on June 16, 2012


I momentarily misread the headline as "Revolutionary new web technology detects cat's faeces in any picture."

It's been a long day.
posted by etc at 10:02 AM on June 17, 2012


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