App Tracks Down Pets That Match Your Old One
PetMatch uses your photo to find adoptable dogs and cats nearby
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 24, 2014 1:00 PM CDT
A screen shot from a PetMatch ad on YouTube.   (YouTube/PetMatch)

(Newser) – A new app could help you get over Rover—with a lookalike replacement for the pooch who's passed on. You upload a picture of your pet, and PetMatch uses visual recognition technology to find a matching one that's available for adoption, TechCrunch reports. It's a product from Superfish, a company focused on making computers "see" better. PetMatch analyzes aspects of your photo like the distance between your pet's eyes and its facial shape.

Your photo is compared to data from another service, PetFinder, which shows pets up for adoption around the country—and PetMatch highlights the ones that are nearby. "Our sophisticated algorithms … allow us to analyze every picture and provide similar and near identical images in real time—no text tags, no human involvement," Superfish says, per CNET. (Though media reports are portraying PetMatch as a sort of pet-replacing service, a YouTube ad suggests users might use it to track down pets that look like that cute dalmatian spotted in the park.)

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May 24, 2014 5:52 PM CDT
Gads...can one envision its dating possibilities of Version 2.0?? Dotting mothers putting in favorite old girl friend's pictures to set Junior up....guys who like a certain look that want to try again to see if the next one will stick with them more than three dates....of course Version 2.1 would need work on how to detect a person looks like the picture posted....I can see why this one is just for pets....
May 24, 2014 3:09 PM CDT
I see a lot of parents using this to avoid telling their young children they forgot to feed the fish or let the cat get to the hamster.