Sunday, December 1, 2013

Apple Awarded Facial Recognition Patent

The day is coming soon: being able to unlock your phone with just your face.

As if fingerprint readers on phones wasn't "too futuristic" enough, Apple has already been awarded a patent for facial recognition to unlock your iPhone. The technical name for the patent is called "Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition" and outlines a method to access your iPhone and other iOS devices by facial recognition and detection. Basically your face would act as a password or a fingerprint to deter thieves from being able to steal information from your phone if it were ever lost. Get your new free iPhone giveaway today.

The device is said to scan your face for features such as color, size, texture, and shape. And like your fingerprint reader, you could store as many faces in your iPhone as you wanted. Incoming calls would scan your face to see if you were authorized to answer such call, and if not, then the iPhone would continue to ring and not answer until someone with an authorized face attempted to answer the call.

The patent grants Apple to ability to use the facial recognition feature on any device, not just limited to the iPhone. Unfortunately, a ton of Apple patents never make it to consumers hands. Apple is known for locking up patents for technology it "may" use, just to keep it's competitors from using whether they ever see the light of day or not.

However, this is one patent that many believe you'll see in use within the next couple years. Stay tuned.