Google Arts & Culture app lets users find their artwork lookalike

Isaac Cain
January 21, 2018

Do you know anyone who has downloaded the app and matched their photo to an image from the world of art? Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy seemed to be thoroughly enjoying it, posting four photos on Twitter on Sunday (Jan. 14).

Although Google launched the app and online page way back in 2016, the app didn't really gain steam until last weekend. "Feel real strong about my 40%", Wentz captioned the pics. After you take a picture of yourself the app uses computer vision technology to analyse your features and match your selfie with historical artwork. Thanks to the Google Arts & Culture app, the answer is only a few taps away.

Have you heard about - or seen - the new Google Arts and Culture app?

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The feature allows users to take a selfie, which Google's visual search technology then analyzes. There is no word from Google on when the app will be introduced to these two states and to the rest of the world.

"In Russia, there's an app where you can take a photo of a stranger out in public and it will tell you their social media profile", he says. Google traditionally rolls out new features slowly to specific regions before taking them to all users. In fact, a facial recognition feature on Google's Nest Cam IQ security camera is disabled in IL. In the case of the Google Arts & Culture app's new feature, this database includes more than 70,000 works of art contained in 1,200 museums and galleries across 70 countries.

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