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  • RecognizeMe - Facial Recognition Unlock


    Speculation on facial recognition iOS software has been floating around ever since the release of the iPhone 4. Rumors of Apple buying small companies (e.g. Polar Rose) with the purpose of creating facial recognition technology went rampant the summer of the iPhone 4 release. But to this day, no report has been stated or released the public from Apple about their progress. For all of us who are avid jailbreak community enthusiasts realize that any opening in this regard will soon be filled if Apple doesn't step up the game. An upcoming application will add the first facial recognition functionality to the iDevice.



    RecognizeMe, an application by Chris Simpson (@apocolipse269), allows you to unlock your iDevice using a biometrics facial scan. After training your face in the application, you are able to either unlock your iDevice with the passcode or facial recognition. The application allows you to make multiple trainings to help the recognition go faster. The intensity of the verification threshold can be changed within the application as well (e.g. 0% = Not Secure, 75% = Fairly Secure). When the passcode on your iDevice is enabled, RecognizeMe becomes an option after setting it up accordingly. At the lockscreen, when you slide to unlock, the passcode comes up and at the top it gives you an option to use RecognizeMe. Overall, the application is simple and works well. Due to its use of the front facing camera, it is only compatible with the iPod/iPhone 4 (or any iDevice with a front facing camera). When it hits Cydia, it will be $6.99 for the first 3 weeks and then $9.99 after.

    In the process of obtaining a .deb and getting this article all squared away, I asked Chris a few questions about RecognizeMe:

    JOSH: How long did it take for you to create a working version of RecognizeMe?
    CHRIS: It took me about 2 1/2 months to build a working version of RecognizeMe.

    JOSH: Were you working on this project solo or do you have team members/other developers that helped you out?
    CHRIS I coded and designed this application completely myself but used a few close friends on IRC to test the application each step of the way.

    JOSH: What part was most difficult about developing this application?
    CHRIS: The most difficult part was all the processing. This application does an INTENSE amount of it. Good news is, due to the fact that it requires a front facing camera, I could optimize it specifically for ARMv7 (as 3GS + has ARMv7), which means I could take advantage of some ARMv7 NEON SIMD instructions for image processing to speed things up (it got complicated and I'm using assembly).

    JOSH: Are you planning any other implementations with RecognizeMe in the near future (such as individual recognitions for certain applications)?
    CHRIS: I'm planning on making an Appstore version that is a "Secure Notes" type application.


    Also, Chris made a suggestion to make the recognition go smoother and faster. A key note to be wary of is proper light is important for quick recognition:

    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Simpson
    Make 3 training sets, 1 with low light, 1 with medium light, and 1 with bright light (not too bright). This makes biometrics for 3 levels of light which usually covers most cases. More sets has slower training but better recognition. A lower threshold makes it faster with better recognition but more people can get in.
    Follow Chris Simpson on Twitter for more information regarding RecognizeMe and his other developments.

    Name: RecognizeMe
    Author: apocolipse
    Price: $6.99 (first 3 weeks), $9.99

    The video below showcases myself using a pre-release version of RecognizeMe:

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoq_IiYk0Pc"]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoq_IiYk0Pc[/ame]

    Source(s): Chris Simpson, CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: RecognizeMe - Facial Recognition Unlock started by Joshua Tucker View original post
    Comments 91 Comments
    1. hoqts's Avatar
      hoqts -
      Now I wanted this app and I hope there is a jailbreak for iPad 2 to use this.

      So cool and is not expensive either.
    1. Xenthis's Avatar
      Xenthis -
      Cool- even if it is not secure!

      Quote Originally Posted by EddieLeonard View Post
      i hope someone cracks this before the 3 weeks is up!!!
      $1o is a bit to much to pay for something that doesnt work!
      if it does work. im gonna jump on it for $7 lol

      I'm pretty sure you cant talk about cracking on modmyi
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by ICydiaify View Post
      Then get the cracked version
      Talking about cracked apps is not allowed...Devs deserve money for all the time they spend on their apps.

      Quote Originally Posted by Xenthis View Post
      Cool- even if it is not secure!




      I'm pretty sure you cant talk about cracking on modmyi
      Yeah you can't.
    1. ankido's Avatar
      ankido -
      Quote Originally Posted by isme View Post
      how about Finger Print Unlock? ;-)
      Iphone doesn't have a high enough resolution to scan prints of your finger. This application is just for fun and not to be taken serious or for security. An android lock feature is the best you can use but the one you get from cydia can be broken into thus requiring you to use the passcode lock.

      Voice recognition is by far the best because soundwaves from your voice differ from anyone that would try to hack into it.
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      That's one ugly mofo!!!

      Great tweak!!! I'm getting this
    1. Drizzy_Dizzy's Avatar
      Drizzy_Dizzy -
      Yea does Look Pretty Dope
    1. fedecape's Avatar
      fedecape -
      seems to be nice, but as a toy to play with friends, not for security
    1. ex_spy_guy's Avatar
      ex_spy_guy -
      I'm going to manufacture a case to compliment this app as a security solution, it will have cut out black handle moustaches with a gold outline. As long as the user does not let anyone take a picture of him in the moustache, it's secure.

      Each moustache will be unique, and will have a special slot in the case.....that will only open.....with a swipe and a 4 button code that only the owner knows.

      Only then may he don the moustache and gain access to the springboard.


      For those users who have special and unique requirement, like hackers and vampires....who would then need facial recognition in the dark.....a nanoLED backlit moustache....boasting 300 lamps per inch.....making it a retina-stash
    1. Gyngabread Man's Avatar
      Gyngabread Man -
      Quote Originally Posted by ex_spy_guy View Post
      I'm going to manufacture a case to compliment this app as a security solution, it will have cut out black handle moustaches with a gold outline. As long as the user does not let anyone take a picture of him in the moustache, it's secure.

      Each moustache will be unique, and will have a special slot in the case.....that will only open.....with a swipe and a 4 button code that only the owner knows.

      Only then may he don the moustache and gain access to the springboard.


      For those users who have special and unique requirement, like hackers and vampires....who would then need facial recognition in the dark.....a nanoLED backlit moustache....boasting 300 lamps per inch.....making it a retina-stash
      Yeas this made my day thank you!
    1. TheDirtyDiddler's Avatar
      TheDirtyDiddler -
      Really cool technology but for the most part it just seems like it would be a pain. I'd rather leave my phone unlocked so I can access things quickly and use locktopus to lock up the sensitive stuff.
    1. 2Jaze's Avatar
      2Jaze -
      Just saw this thing on the morning news in New York. they made quick work of it and just said "it should be available soon for about 7 bucks."

      no mention of cydia, of course (;
    1. ZipZapp's Avatar
      ZipZapp -
      Is it reconize or recognize? Someone keeps leaving the G out when he pronounces

      From the video seems that recoGnition is slow. I typically want to open my phone fast.

      Cudos the the work done though. This could not have been easy.
    1. Tito2416's Avatar
      Tito2416 -
      When doesit come out
    1. energiesource's Avatar
      energiesource -
      yeah when is it out? i cant find it.
    1. Joshua Tucker's Avatar
      Joshua Tucker -
      Quote Originally Posted by energiesource View Post
      yeah when is it out? i cant find it.
      It has not been released yet. It should be available on Cydia soon.
    1. energiesource's Avatar
      energiesource -
      Oh, I read yesterday it said it was out that day. They need a Cydia app release date bulletin like video games lol.
    1. ericmac017's Avatar
      ericmac017 -
      Apple is stupid for trying to have Jailbreaking deemed illegal.. Apple actually benefits from the Jailbreak community where devs and even its users express many great ideas like RecognizeMe.. Kudos to this dev. As always, the JB devs beat Apple to the cooler ideas and implementation
    1. Joshua Tucker's Avatar
      Joshua Tucker -
      RecognizeMe is now on Cydia.
    1. jtanner's Avatar
      jtanner -
      Anyone else purchased this?

      I have, but when I opt to scan my face to unlock, the bloody screen turns off before it's finished! (it re-locks) ... any ideas? I've tried Dim Delay etc but to no avail.
    1. Petrit H's Avatar
      Petrit H -
      Quote Originally Posted by jtanner View Post
      Anyone else purchased this?

      I have, but when I opt to scan my face to unlock, the bloody screen turns off before it's finished! (it re-locks) ... any ideas? I've tried Dim Delay etc but to no avail.
      Pres just one number in ur passlock and then pres the recognize me it wont turn ur screen off.. but i have another question about this app... can't make more than one set of faces...