New Chinese tech recognizes the way people walk

The program can detect someone's walk from 50 meters away regardless of whether they are facing the camera.

    2019/02/27

NSFW    BEIJING — Chinese authorities are testing a new system that analyzes people's walks, reports the South China Morning Post.

Chinese police are testing a new technology called 'gait recognition' that analyzes live videos and stores data of how a person walks.

The system was developed by Watrix, a Chinese artificial intelligence start-up. They claim the program can detect someone's walk from 50 meters away regardless of whether they are facing the camera.

It does this by creating silhouettes of people in videos and studying their body contour, their arm movement while walking, whether they have a toe-in or a toe-out gait, among other elements. All these components allow them to identify each person's unique 'walking style.'

Authorities in the Chinese cities of Beijing, Shanghai, and Chongqing are among the cities that have already tried the product. The newest version of the program is able to analyze live camera feeds of megacities.
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