If you like checking in to locations to get deals using apps like Foursquare and Facebook, you may know the frustration of forgetting to check in. You may have lost out on valuable deals or a coveted Mayorship. Businesses may have been frustrated as well when people check in to a store without actually entering it.
A company called Redpepper is working on a solution to these frustrations. Facedeals is a Facebook app that lets you check in with your face. Facedeals uses facial recognition technology to identify people who visit stores and provide them with special offers tailored to their interests. “We set out to evolve the check in process by creating a seamless check in method for checking in and getting deals,” the company explains in its preview video.
To use the app, you authorize it on Facebook. The app then identifies you by scanning recent Facebook pictures in which you have been tagged. You verify your profile image to make sure the app has identified you correctly. The app also analyzes your Facebook Likes to determine what sort of deals would appeal to you.
When you walk into a store that has Facedeals, a camera uses “passive facial recognition” to identify you. If you have authorized the app, then a deal optimized for you pops up on your phone. No need to check in, Facedeals does that for you.
Here’s the preview video showing how Facedeals will work:
This app is from Redpepper and is not affiliated with Facebook. The app is being tested in Nashville, TN and the company is asking for feedback on the app. You can read more about the app and contact the company with your feedback at their website.
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