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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Professional Pick Up Artist Disappointed in SceneTap's Ability to Help Him Score Chicks

Posted By on Thu, May 31, 2012 at 12:10 PM

click to enlarge SceneTap isn't helping dudes score chicks
  • SceneTap isn't helping dudes score chicks

Besides living in Oakland (where things are really happening), we're too lazy to bar-hop anywhere on any day of the week. So we're rather thankful to read this review of SceneTap's unpopular facial-detection technology from a true professional who could give us the rundown on how effective the controversial cameras have been at San Francisco bars.

The Verge went on an experimental bar crawl with Mike Smooth, a local "dating coach" who teaches dudes how to pick up chicks. If anyone could use this technology, it's Smooth, which is why we trust him.

Smooth's first stop on Wednesday night was The Wreck Room, a pub in the city's Russian Hill neighborhood. SceneTap uses its facial detection technology to collect general yet anonymous information about patrons. It uses that data to broadcast a bar's "happeningness" level with a color-coded system of pins on a Google map. A green pin indicates the bar is "lively," while a blue pin signals it's a "chill" night at the venue.

When Smooth arrived at The Wreck Room, SceneTap said it was "lively," with 35 percent women, average age 23, and 65 percent men,

average age 32, according to The Verge.    

Pleased by SceneTap's results, Smooth headed down to Taverna Aventine, which was marked with a yellow pin, indicating the scene was "hoppin." It said it was 73 percent full -- a promising night it would be! However, when Smooth arrived he was disappointed to find a dead scene.

Here's how The Verge explains it:

Six people, total, one woman, "Come Together" blasting hopefully over the sound system. Smooth suggested we enter the bar very slowly, and see if our presence registered on SceneTap. It didn't.

He then headed down to North Beach to Tope bar, which also had a yellow pin. But from the doorway, Smooth could see another not-so-lively scene. It was so not "hoppin" that he didn't even bother entering the bar.

Smooth quickly realized that the new, cutting-edge app wasn't really going to help his business. Perhaps there's the silver lining for those SceneTap critics out there: Those cameras don't work all that well.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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