Ever get annoyed of the time wasted from checking attendances? Or filling yellow pad papers with your name every single day to confirm that you have attended the class? Well, maybe not anymore with this innovative app from a group of students from the Ateneo de Manila University.
These students created an app that might help their professors well: an attendance checker.
Entry to a local programming contest (Hackzilla in Manila 2) by Freelancer.com, the app named “Fresent” hopes to simplify attendance checking with the use of a smartphone, its camera, and artificial intelligence. To use the app, a teacher should take a photo of the class, and the app automatically identifies who’s present and who’s not. (‘Fresent’ is actually derived from two words, ‘face’ and ‘present’).
Using deep learning technology, it is supposed to grow on its everyday use. Team Fresent believes that the app becomes more efficient in checking attendance through time. Identification data will also supposedly be stored in an online database – a pool of collected information that allows the app to identify students more efficiently. We, although wish that like other face-recognition applications, this can’t be fooled by just showing pictures of an erring student.
The app creators said that the process of checking attendance is an “appalling chore” which takes away “valuable time from speaking, from listening, and time for learning.”
The app will be able to save a class 6 minutes that would’ve been wasted on a typical roll-call – according to its creators.
There are other schools and universities on the top 10 finalists as well. Check them out here.