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General Chat Thread, Android first! in General; Introducing the face unlock! The phone recognises your face and certain points in your face (so you could grow a ...
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    Android first!

    Introducing the face unlock! The phone recognises your face and certain points in your face (so you could grow a beard or grow long hair / have it shaved off) and it will still recognise you.

    This ladies and gentlemen is on the Nexus Phone with Android Ice Cream Sandwich

    Give it the next itteration of iPhone/iOS and Apple will release it and the masses will praise Apple!

    Galaxy Nexus POW!

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    Meh........

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    if Apple did it, it would be hailed as the best thing!

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    It's a bit of a gimmick...







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    Everything has teething issues, but even so, unless the person has your exact look in a photo on the phone, they wont get in!

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    What if your phone gets stolen and the thief uses a photo of yourself saved on the phone (or microSD card) to unlock it?

    I'm sure facial recognition software will get better in the future (especially now that Google owns PittPatt), but I wouldn't rely on it 100%.

    Remember the story about the fingerprint scanners which were fooled by jelly babies.
    Last edited by Arthur; 22nd November 2011 at 12:05 AM.

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    You wouldn't wanna actually rely on it.

    Apparently it fails if you wear a big hat....useful in the winter

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    Quote Originally Posted by Domino View Post
    You wouldn't wanna actually rely on it.
    Presumably why you also set a pattern as a backup, then...

    I reckon it is quite neat (nothing MS haven't been doing for a while with XBox Kinect, mind you, so not a new big thing), but would only use it if it could unlock my phone quicker than entering a passcode or gesture.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little-Miss View Post
    Meh........
    ^ This.


    Although, the "unlocks with a photo" glitch is pretty funny.

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    What it needs is to records a series of facial expressions and you have to repeat those to unlock it.

    Ben

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    What it needs is to records a series of facial expressions and you have to repeat those to unlock it.

    Ben

    Can you imagine sitting on a train trying to unlock with the funny faces? You'd have someone shoving an epipen in you before you could say hello!
    Last edited by witch; 22nd November 2011 at 12:38 PM. Reason: Profanity

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    Quote Originally Posted by plexer View Post
    What it needs is to records a series of facial expressions and you have to repeat those to unlock it.
    That would take too long...

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    Even if Apple did it, my reaction would be the same.

    As someone has said, just a gimmick.

    If my phone had it i wouldnt use it.

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    What I think would be better would be an unlocking key, i.e. you personally select an item that you have to point your camera at to unlock the phone (with the option to just use your Google password should you not have said item on you). Yeah it wouldn't solve the issue that people could show the camera a photo of the object, but they'd have to know what the object was first...

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    Let's take a step back a moment - do we really think that someone who nicks your phone is likely to go to the effort of removing the SD card, plugging it into a computer, finding a picture, printing it out and then using that to unlock the phone, then read your emails and access Facebook as you?

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