Face-Date: the new #1 of dating apps?

Did you know that in 2018 27% of young adults used dating apps on a regular basis? It is hard to imagine a world without online dating and seeing people tap and swipe their way through thousands of online dating profiles. No matter whether you use Tinder, Bumble or OkCupid, these apps all have one thing in common: they are mainly based on user generated profiles. Four graduate students at the New Jersey Institute of Technology have now tried a different approach and may have created the new number one dating app out there.

Students Hillol Debnath, Nafize Paiker, Jianchen Shan and Pradyumna Neog developed an Android-based dating app that finds matches based on photos users can upload. Let’s say, you have been madly in love with Natalie Portman since Star Wars Episode 1 came out and you haven’t managed to meet her yet. By uploading a picture of her in Face-Date, the app will use a face recognition algorithm to find somebody that has similar facial features as your favourite Hollywood actress.

By uploading pictures and ranking the matches you are offered, users can teach the app what kind of faces they like. Assets like facial geometry, different facial shapes, hair- and eye colour are all taken into account. It is also possible for Face-Date to find a match within a specific area, making sure that an actual meeting between you and your match is possible. In order to maximize the chance of success the developers made sure that users are only presented with mutual matches, making sure that both lovebirds fit each other’s criteria. If you change your mind, don’t worry: the app can be easily retrained later on in the process of finding your one true love.

The professor that supervised the project explained his students’ approach by saying: ”Appearance is generally the essential characteristic that connects people at the beginning of a relationship.“ The graduate students hope to surpass other dating apps and are currently waiting for their patent, which they applied for in 2016. Unfortunately the app is not available to all of us yet but after a testing phase Face-Date is said to be released to Google Play in only a couple of months.


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