FaceID on Non-Phone Electronics

FaceID on Non-Phone ElectronicsSo I was reading an article recently on MacRumors.com. It was titled Intel ID Facial Recognition. The concept in the article refers to Intel introducing a technology called RealSense ID that can be used in devices like point-os-sale, smart door locks, access control points, etc. RealSense ID combines a depth scanner with a specialized neural network that can analyze facial features to deliver secure and accurate facial recognition services. Intel says the technology has software built in to stop spoofing. This anti-spoofing technology stops fraudulent entry attempts such as someone using photographs, videos, or masks to beat the system. Now apparently this is not an ‘always-on’ technology so until the users of the device decide to use ReaSense ID to access the device, the device would use other forms of recognition. 

Personally, I love the idea. Any way that we can use technology to make life easy and more efficient I am all for. There are a couple of issues that I see with this, even though I am all for it:

  1. Training: Someone is going to put this on their parent or grandparent’s house, in particular on their door locks. There are going to be a lot of people locked out of their homes.
  2. Point-of-Sale: This seems like a great idea on the surface but it seems like we are really going to increase those long lines at the store. Can you imagine trying to contain yourself when you are in line behind someone trying to scan their face in makeup on Halloween? I can’t.
  3. Airport Kiosks: The lines and the tension in an airport sucks enough right now, this is not going to help.
  4. ATMs?!?: I just think spending the time working really groovy technology into an ATM, a machine that is used less and less every year, is rather funny.

Don’t get me wrong, again, I like the idea and I love the technology, but it is interesting that this tech might be on the street soon. That we might have to deal with the first run of this technology, with the training and the hardships.