Apple is Planning to Use Facial Recognition to Unlock Phones
It seems like Apple is planning to use facial recognition in order to unlock mobile devices. The news came when a patent document came to light in which the program is described as a way to use selfie camera to unlock mobile devices.
The front camera will be used to recognize a user’s facial features and match it with onboard database to authenticate access. According to an abstract from the patent:
In an embodiment of the invention, an unlocked mobile device is configured to capture images, analyze the images to detect a user’s face, and automatically lock the device in response to determining that a user’s face does not appear in the images. The camera capturing and face recognition processing may be triggered by the device having detected that it has been motionless for a threshold period of time.
As soon the camera is moved into the right position, the phone will unlock automatically. Users will first have to take an initial picture of themselves for the database before using this feature. That means no more pattern locks, passwords, or fingerprint ID. Your face is now your new key of access.
Android smartphone also have a similar feature called smart lock. However, Google says it isn’t as secure because someone who looks like you could be able to unlock your device. Same goes for Apple’s new program. Its success depends on how they implement this technology.
These aren’t the only issues, not too long ago HP released a computer that used its built-in webcam for facial recognition. Unfortunately, the camera was sort of racists as it failed to recognize black people. This was due to an issue with contrast recognition during certain lighting.
Apple is yet to say a word regarding this patent but we could hear something soon.
Do you think Apple will be able to properly implement facial recognition? Or does this technology needs more time?