Facial recognition passwords and more

Ever since the dawn of it, technology has always been tirelessly advanced and remade smarter and more convenient than before, but rumors say the new iPhone may be taking it to the next step. A new feature expected in the next upgrade is an unforgettable password – the user’s face. The concept itself might not seem like a big thing as there have been facial recognition software since 2011 in addition to iris-scanning and the ability to scan fingerprints, but as with every new function comes something else.

One of the differences with this updated technology is the programs that were being launched over the past year in airports and various companies to accept someone’s facial scan as verification of identity.

The facial scan technology wasn’t foolproof before as the scan could be tricked by a photo or other kinds of lifeless imitations, but these problems have been recently worked on with the intent to permanently eliminate. The cameras were redone to sense depth so they require a three-dimensional feature for recognition rather than the previous version, which simply needed an identical likeness. The issue of identical twins was addressed as well, but as there are still some differences between the twins, it is now less likely for a mistake to be made.

The camera can still be confused by heavy makeup or excessive jewelry, but with issues being seen and attempts being made to fix them all the time, the facial recognition possibilities are becoming bigger.

Apple has gotten into the act as well, creating new applications for the facial recognition technology in addition to buying a company, RealFace, which focuses on the security for the facial scans. The Apple company is motivated by the want to have a larger screen for users to enjoy – they are thinking about removing the home button on the screen, which is a fingerprint scan, so the user has more space for their iPhone activity

MasterCard joined in, too, and has software that allows a simple facial scan to confirm purchase. They have a security system designed to prevent fraud by having the person blink at certain specific times to prove authenticity.

While facial recognition isn’t a must yet, the programs are being updated to the point where it may some future day hold the only real security.

Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/