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Microsoft’s Fetch! App Recognizes and Classifies Dog Breeds

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There’s little chance you didn’t hear or try Microsoft’s how-old.net site launched last spring – the smart AI that it was based on was all the rage. Now, Microsoft has taken its facial recognition and artificial intelligence efforts to a whole new level.


Welcome to Fetch! – an app designed to for fans of the canine world who are curious what their dog counterpart would be. That’s right – Redmond released a new iOS app, whose AI component allows it to recognize various types of dogs and classify them by breed.

All you have to do is take a photo of your adorable dog – or any dog, for that matter – and the app will do its best to identify the pup’s breed; the app also allows users to upload images directly from the camera roll.

But the most curious mode by far is the one allowing users to find the type of dog they would be if they were a canine and not human. As described by its creators, “This is the kind of app you’re going to take out when you’re with your friends.”

After making fun of each other as you compare the breeds you reportedly look like, the app will allow you to make a bigger fool of yourself by posting the photo on a social platform of your choosing.

Because it is powered by machine learning, the app will get better at recognizing breeds as more and more people use it. A feedback feature was also built into the app, so if you you’re your dog’s breed but the app gets it wrong, you can share that information and help improve future results.

Microsoft’s Fetch! app is one of the latest products from The Garage, Microsoft’s program that focuses on experimentation and far-fetched projects. According to Mitch Goldberg, a development director at Microsoft Research, the app was designed to “allow you to make object recognition extraordinary, fun, and surprising.”

Fetch! also features a scrapbook that enables users to keep track of all the photos they’ve taken and all the returned results. The app also offers a plethora of information on many breeds, such as their size, disposition, coat, and the type of family they’re best suited for.

If you’re curious what you dog counterpart is, head over to the App Store and download the app for free. You can also test the AI software online at what-dog.net.
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About Kate McEnroe

Kate is a well known optimist New Yorker and experienced in digital as well as analog gadgets, she is the senior manager as well as senior writer of TND Media, who loves to write about Microsoft technologies, Laptops & PCs. All posts by Kate

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