Cameras will be the big battlefield of the coming years in the mobile market. It is not only to shoot better selfies or capture breathtaking views but it will enters in many different field: building, furniture, web and urban browsing, exploration. This is an extremely large market, Apple and Google are the most important players and no one intend to lose points. The main innovation is the ability to unlock the phone using an infrared sensor that recognizes the face of the user.
The iris scanner is integrated into the Samsung Galaxy Note 8 and Samsung Galaxy S8, Apple has also came in the scene with the new iPhone X and has introduced this new login system in the iPhone X. Phone’s all-glass front leaves no room for a home button, Apple is giving up Touch ID in favor of a facial recognition system.
Apple says its version of this technology uses more sensors to map your face in 3-D, an infrared light illuminates your face and then a projector projects infrared dots on the screen. The iris scanner will soon be the new biometric sensor to unlock and protect the contents of the phone: only your face is the obstacle to overcome and extremely difficult to replicate. Its Face ID feature should be very secure. There’s a one in a million chance that someone could spoof you. Generally the accuracy of it depends on factors such as the quality of the image of your face at authentication time, light conditions, time between the enrollment image and verification, and visibility of occluding objects like a scarf or sunglasses. Let’s see how it works:
Everything will go through a smartphone, an item that everyone has in their pockets. This is the reason why the potential of this technology is of great interest to companies and developers. An example is IKEA Place, an application made by the renowned Swedish chain of home and furnishing stores. The décor becomes virtual and real at the same time. Just choose a product (an armchair, bed, bedside table) and using the smartphone camera this is placed anywhere we want. But the applications, as said, can be many. Another example is the exploration of urban environments: pointing the camera to a restaurant, a hotel or a museum will be enough to have immediate opening and closing times, ticket price and possibly user reviews.
Not in a long time, millions of people will soon depend on face recognition to check their e-mail, send a text or make a call, it will be fast and easy to use. Nowadays face recognition is already used around the world to examine, investigate, and monitor. In China is used to identify and publicly shame people for the crime of jaywalking. In Russia, face recognition has been used to identify anti-corruption protesters. In the United States, more than half of all American adults are in a face recognition database. It can be used for criminal investigations. Governments are not the only users of face recognition. In daily life we can have examples of face recognition. Retailers use the technology in their stores to identify suspected shoplifters. Social media applications increasingly integrate face recognition into their user experience.
All smartphones will probably include sensors for face, iris, and fingerprint recognition which were a rarity shortly time before. A lot of people in the coming months will use a face recognition scan every time they want to check the weather, draft a tweet, or make a rare actual phone call. But even as we embrace its conveniences, we should remain suspicious of the many ways face recognition is used today. Infact as we choose to explore the conveniences face recognition can offer, we must be vigilant to its risks.
It can change the way we see things around us and make more actions quicker in our daily lives. However has the facial recognition systems been easily fooled by photos or masks? Also if even though Apple and other developers have reassured us about this, there may be risks related to the privacy and security of the collected data, which is becoming increasingly complex and difficult to handle, even because of the lack of common standards. It may be a major privacy concern, and one many users don’t think about it until it’s too late. Philip W. Schiller, vice president of Apple for marketing claimed the system required the user’s attention to properly function, saying, “If your eyes are closed, if it’s not lined up, it’s not going to work.” The iPhone X refuses to unlock as long as the subject’s eyes are closed. Moreover if you are kidnapped by criminals, they won’t be able to guess your password, but they would be able to hold the phone up to your face until you pass a Face ID scan. However we can say that what does not interest in Apple is instead the interest in gathering data and mass targeting infact this feeds most of the web companies.
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