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  • Apple Reportedly Seeking Facial Recognition Technology



    There are reports that Apple may have purchased a Sweden-based tech firm that specializes in facial recognition technologies and similar applications that make it possible for gadgets and gizmos to identify users via their unique facial characteristics. If you're wondering if this could be the first step toward subsequent iPhones utilizing "facial recognition" as a security component, you are not alone.

    With talk that next year's iPhone 5 will be all about speed and security (speed from AT&T's 4G network and a host of beefed up, cutting edge security features) it wouldn't be too difficult to imagine the powers-that-be in Cupertino investing heavily in the technology that this company - called "Polar Rose" (according to Google translation) - knows inside and out. Apple Insider reports that Polar Rose is a "small company with less than 20 employees." And its technology came as the result of research conducted in "two universities" in southern Sweden.

    Although this report marks the first talk of its kind regarding the acquisition of a company that specializes in facial recognition, Apple has long been rumored to want similar technology in its full range of iDevices. Some will recall that prior to the iPad's release, there were reports from the likes of the Wall Street Journal that Apple's then-mythical tablet would be a device that would be shared by multiple family members -- "and it might even recognize their faces."

    From reports to patent applications, there's no doubt that Apple is interested in facial recognition technology. And if Polar Rose doesn't prove the vehicle to delver the technology, it's a safe bet that Apple will find another way - or another source - to get or create what the company seems to have an unrelenting fascination with.

    Apple Insider
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Apple Reportedly Seeking Facial Recognition Technology started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 32 Comments
    1. Ichwohneinloche's Avatar
      Ichwohneinloche -
      wow..
    1. algojobathosai's Avatar
      algojobathosai -
      wow....so should I not buy the iphone 4 now and wait for iphone 5 or what???damn.....cant they just lump everyhing in 1 iphone at once???
    1. dsg's Avatar
      dsg -
      don't they already have that kind of tech in iPhoto 09
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Ichwohneinloche View Post
      wow..
      Very insightful...

      I can't see this being incorporated into the next iPhone (5?). The next gen iPhone is likely already in the testing phase, although I think it's a very interesting prospect.
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Can't wait to see on my next phone .
    1. s4boost's Avatar
      s4boost -
      Quote Originally Posted by algojobathosai View Post
      wow....so should I not buy the iphone 4 now and wait for iphone 5 or what???damn.....cant they just lump everyhing in 1 iphone at once???
      i agree completely... they know everyones contracts are 2 years, so why are they gonna force us to wait, unless of course AT&T decides to waive the 2 yr contract again...
    1. wolverinemarky's Avatar
      wolverinemarky -
      Would be a cool security feature that I would love to have


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    1. justin7942163's Avatar
      justin7942163 -
      Cool security feature I can't imagine most people using.

      I will skip the iPhone 4 and wait for the iPhone 5, the biggest thing I'm hoping for is a REAL FM radio, non of this streaming business. Free to air TV would be a nice feature too, not everyone has unlimited data plans Apple!
    1. jaybrown81's Avatar
      jaybrown81 -
      All I can say is Wow! Interesting news! So all them movies we watch like iron man and things like that. Pretty soon all that stuff will be here in the real world. Well not everything but most of it. I can see it now. Iphone scans face..beep noise "welcome back Mr. so and so" loll!!!I love technology even though it may be the death of us in the long run. Smh! GameCenter> Jaybrown
    1. LGgeek's Avatar
      LGgeek -
      "take off the hat and the sunglasses and if I recognize you, you can use your phone". As long as I could turn this kind of stupidity off go ahead Apple. I keep looking for the articles about there being a big problems with phones being stolen and used by the thief (in the new world thief becomes someone that assaults you so you will look into your phone to unlock it, then they reset).

      I think my iphone4 may be the last Apple phone I buy. Apple was smart enough to make the phone much more than it was but it seems they are forgeting it's a phone.
    1. amazad's Avatar
      amazad -
      Insane ! But seriously first fix some stuff on the iphone before going all-nuts with such ideas (aka god damn bluetooth)
    1. jaybrown81's Avatar
      jaybrown81 -
      ^^^^Bluetooth has been fixed iOS4.1 buddy. Actually did a few bluetooth compatible games the other day and worked really well!
    1. llmo128's Avatar
      llmo128 -
      Not cool apple I had no I idea you hated us that much.
    1. Jahooba's Avatar
      Jahooba -
      Yeah, good luck unlocking your phone with your face in the dark.
    1. andygev35's Avatar
      andygev35 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Jahooba View Post
      Yeah, good luck unlocking your phone with your face in the dark.
      Good point
    1. BSmith's Avatar
      BSmith -
      They're gonna collect the information so they can say they have the prettiest customer base.
    1. jaybrown81's Avatar
      jaybrown81 -
      ^^^pretty sure they'll have night mode for the front camera lol shouldnt be a problem!
    1. Superman0069's Avatar
      Superman0069 -
      Quote Originally Posted by algojobathosai View Post
      wow....so should I not buy the iphone 4 now and wait for iphone 5 or what???damn.....cant they just lump everyhing in 1 iphone at once???
      Quote Originally Posted by s4boost View Post
      i agree completely... they know everyones contracts are 2 years, so why are they gonna force us to wait, unless of course AT&T decides to waive the 2 yr contract again...
      They know people will buy it because it's the NEW thing out. Eventually the iPhone will be just like the 2G (wack). Apple knows what they're doing so do I...it's called "Planned Obsolescence"
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Quote Originally Posted by andygev35 View Post
      Very insightful...

      I can't see this being incorporated into the next iPhone (5?). The next gen iPhone is likely already in the testing phase, although I think it's a very interesting prospect.
      This is software. Not hardware. I see no reason this couldn't be incorporated into iOS5 and made available on the iPhone4 as well as the upcoming iPhone5. Personally I wouldn't mind an updated iPhone with a Cortex A9 based SoC. And I wouldn't mind Apple claiming facial recognition would only work on the new phone due to "hardware restrictions".
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by dsg View Post
      don't they already have that kind of tech in iPhoto 09
      My thoughts exactly