Would you believe if you came to know that ‘face recognition’, one of the best privacy tools available today would probably very soon come to your iPhone and iPad? Well, even if you don’t believe it, you would when you hear that Apple has filed for a patent at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for the same. So this is another of Apple’s innovations that would soon come storming the markets.
The information about the patent was given by the Patent office itself in a recent publication in which it reported about Apple’s offering of ‘low-computational’ face recognition capabilities like that of a face recognition system that can bear up to a particular level of false positives in making face recognition determinations. Face recognitions usually are of two kinds – One that can handle different lighting conditions and orientations as well as scale though it could be a bit costly and the other is mainly for security purposes that can even work under lighting conditions. If you tend to use the first one for face recognition on your device having cameras, it could lose the battery charge very fast and if you tend to use the second one might not even work.
Now it will be a different matter if you are an iOS user having a forward-facing camera device. The face recognition tool will then be a lot helpful to customize your profile so that no one else can gain access to the device except the face that it recognizes.
Although many companies have tried using the face-recognition technology in their products for safety but they have faced issues of taxing the devices too much by draining their batteries. Apple has worked upon these issues and it wants to bring out the tool that will help to reduce the lighting impact and biometric distortions on the images. Apple has clearly stated about it in the patent it has filed.
Apple’s plan is to focus not on the entire face of the user but on particular aspects like the eyes, mouth or the tip of the nose or better than that the distance between the user’s eyes and mouth. That would be compared with the original image and confirm the identity. According to the patent the face recognition function would be active throughout. The users can turn on the screen or even unlock their device by pointing it at their faces.