Aussie skin-searcher Dry Itchy Skin stealer could be a game changer for business owners, with the potential to make the Australian economy less competitive and increase productivity.
Key points:Dry Itchy skin stealer uses a smartphone app to scan and download skin photos to find potential skin thievesSource: ABC News/ABC News 18Aussie skin seer uses iPhone app to look for skin thieves, who upload their images and upload their photos on the app to the serviceSource: Australian Crime Commission and ABC News 12DryItchy, which launched in Australia in October, uses a user-friendly smartphone app.
“Dry itchy” uses a QR code to scan images from users and upload them to the app, where they can be downloaded to a computer for further analysis.
“If they’ve uploaded an image, then it’s a perfect match,” DSI managing director Ian Macpherson said.
“Once you’ve looked at it, we can say, ‘Oh that’s a real face’.”
The app then generates a list of possible skin thieves.
“The images that we download are scanned and it gets sent back to the server, which has the photos,” Mr Macphersen said.
DryIts skin-scanning technology has proven successful in Australia.
“Our algorithm is incredibly fast and it can be very accurate,” he said.
But Mr Macherson acknowledged that the app was not as fast as other online skin-detection tools, such as Google and Bing.
Mr Macphersons company is currently testing the technology in Australia, and is aiming to launch the service in the coming months.
The service costs $49.99 and includes a 30-day trial period.
It has been criticised for its poor accuracy, but Mr Machersons company has defended the technology.
Its main advantage is that the software can identify skin from hair, nails, clothes, and even the air.
But MrMachersons firm is confident that the technology will become more accurate.
He said that he and his team had been working on the technology for almost two years, and were “very confident” it would become “a very big thing”.
“We are trying to make it as accurate as possible,” MrMacpherson said.
DryIchy is based in Brisbane, and operates on an Australian database of about 30,000 skin-identifying images.
Users can choose from the many types of skin that are uploaded, including red, tan, blonde, grey, olive, blue, green and brown.
“We’ve also had a very small number of white people that we’ve sent our images to, but we’ve had a lot of them come back,” Mr MACherson said, adding that the majority of the images that the program found were white people.
“I think there’s a pretty good likelihood that they’re white.”
MrMacherson says that the average cost of using the service is $0.25, but that some users pay $2 a month for a subscription.
One of the benefits of the service, however, is that it can also be used to detect people who have visited a specific website.
In recent months, the company has seen its app become popular with the public, as it has helped catch and catch thieves who used stolen images.
Mr Macherson said the company is looking to expand its service to other cities, such a Sydney and Melbourne.
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