Contributed by: ElyseRomano Tuesday, August 01 2017 @ 07:50 am
Augmented reality: not just for Pokemon anymore.
AR has long been a holy grail of the tech world. Everyone wants to do it, but almost no one is doing it well. The explosive popularity of Pokemon Go proved commercially successful AR is finally within reach, and if there’s any industry other than gaming that seems perfect for this futuristic tech, it’s dating.
A Los Angeles company announced in June that it plans to launch the world’s first augmented reality dating app later this year. Called FlirtAR, the app will use a range of innovative solutions to identify nearby daters, measure compatibility, and make matches with just a point of your smartphone.
"FlirtAR will use facial recognition, geolocation, and augmented reality to show user dating profiles and begin conversations with potential dates in the real world and in real time," said founder Renan Godinho.
By algorithmically combining facial recognition technology with geolocation information, FlirtAR will allow users to access other users’ profiles when they cross paths in the real world.
Imagine you’re in your favorite coffee shop and you have a thing for someone sitting across the room. Simply open the FlirtAR app and point your phone at the person. If they’re also a member, you’ll see their name, age, and interests. You may even see the music they’re currently listening to, depending on how they’ve configured their profile.
They’ll receive a notification about your interest, and if the feeling’s mutual, all you have to do is start chatting.
“People waste lots of time with traditional dating apps,” said Godinho. “They spend hours and hours of their valuable time looking for someone they never meet.” And when they do meet, they’re often disappointed to discover the profile doesn’t match the real person at all.
FlirtAR aims to save its users time, effort, and money by helping them to meet organically, in the real world and in real time. No hours spent combing through profiles or crafting witty messages, only to be ghosted or lack spark in person.
Naturally, where apps that use geolocation are concerned, privacy is a major concern. All FlirtAR users must log in with social networks and undergo a double-verification process to validate their profile information. Users can also set the app to invisible mode so they can browse the profiles of others, but not be visible to them.
There are questions yet to be answered. Will the facial recognition be advanced enough to be effective? Will people get away with pointing phones at each other in public, or will it come off as creepy?
We’ll see when FlirtAR launches for iOS and Android in the fall. Sign up here[*1] to be notified when the app is available.