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For well over two years, one of the most persistent rumors in mobile technology was that Apple was pioneering a new form of facial recognition technology that would be implemented...
12-29-2011, 02:10 PM #1
Patent Confirms Apple's Interest in iDevice Face Recognition Technology
For well over two years, one of the most persistent rumors in mobile technology was that Apple was pioneering a new form of facial recognition technology that would be implemented in one or more of its popular iDevices.
To date, Apple has released no such features in the latest generation iPhones and iPads. But that doesn't mean Apple won't. And there's evince at the US Patent and Trademark Office to confirm the company's prospective plans.
Apple's recently discovered patent application called "Low Threshold Face Recognition" explicitly outlines how a low-computation solution could be deployed for the purpose of quickly and easily recognizing a user via an iPad or iPhone's front-facing camera.
The patent, which was discovered by our friends at Apple Insider, reveals that Apple's proposed technology doesn't "aggressively analyze" a user's face. Instead, the proposed technology capitalizes on a "high information portion" of a human face. In a nutshell, the software would be able to gauge the measurement of distance between ones eyes, mouth, nose, etc. to identify the user.
If the technology works as it's described, it would be able to measure the data captured in real-time against the reference image stored on the device to promptly determine if the iPad or iPhone owner is the individual presently accessing the device.
To learn more about the patent in question, click here.
Source: Apple Insider
12-29-2011, 02:24 PM #2For well over two years, one of the most persistent rumors in mobile technology was that Apple was pioneering a new form of facial recognition technology that would be implemented in one or more of its popular iDevices.
12-29-2011, 02:46 PM #3And there's evince at the US Patent and Trademark Office
And there's evince at the US Patent and Trademark Office to confirm the company's prospective plans.
12-29-2011, 03:09 PM #4
so unlike apple to copy a feature that android already has..
12-29-2011, 04:19 PM #5
why Apple doesn´t copy this from ICS android is ready.....
12-29-2011, 04:27 PM #6
Not sure about facial recognition, can it not be fooled simply by finding a picture of the owner to the phone and holding it upto the camera?
Still if it were implemented as a background security feature, perhaps it would be a huge advantage on signaling when your phone was stolen
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12-29-2011, 06:05 PM #11
I'd they patented this, it's clearly a different technology that will actually work- unlike the ICS one that failed during the Galaxy Nexus presentation. Apple doesn't care about being first.. They care about being the best. Thus annoying closed but extremely stable IOS platform.
12-29-2011, 06:30 PM #12
pioneering? even though Microsoft and Google have had this for while now. and in Google's case, they're actually using it now.
12-29-2011, 06:42 PM #13
looks to work good in other reviews, also its supposed to show the pin, or pattern unlock if it doesn't recognize the face. i am guessing that they didn't set it up right.
if i were a apple fanboi i would agree that everything else is garbage. but alas i am not that closed minded..
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12-29-2011, 07:09 PM #15
Messany writes on a slightly higher level than the 9th grade (which some state is the "standard" news article/comp level of most). Which is, in my opinion a good thing that some writers step outside the common vocab...... Helps broaden the vocabulary. :-)
Last edited by kuhndsn; 12-29-2011 at 07:14 PM.
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12-29-2011, 08:29 PM #18
Creepy in my opinion. Just another way for Big Brother to keep an eye on us when we least expect it. If they put this in the new iPhone I will never purchase it.
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12-29-2011, 09:03 PM #20
CRAPple gonna need a better front faceing camera for this???