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Microsoft matches human faces to dogs with What-Dog.net

By Daniel Uria   |   Feb. 12, 2016 at 11:50 AM

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Microsoft has launched a new application that allows users to upload a photo of themselves to determine what kind of dog they are.

The Fetch app and accompanying What-Dog.net can use photos to identify and classify dogs while also describing their personality and matching them with photos of humans.

"If you want to take photos of dogs, it will tell you what dog breed it is, if it's one of our supported breeds," Mitch Goldberg said in a press release. "If I choose to take a photograph of a flower, it'll say, 'No dogs found! Hmmm...This looks more like...flower?' But if you take a picture of a person, it'll kick into its hidden fun mode. And in a playful way it'll communicate to you not only what type of dog it thinks you are, but also why."

The team consulted with with dog experts and kennel clubs to gather information about the various breeds of dogs to allow the app to be as accurate as possible.

It functions similarly to other photo recognition sites such as HowOld.net which can guess users age using Microsoft's Project Oxford technology.

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