face unlock is on Android is still a hotly discussed topic. However, Google is exploring new and improved systems that could help improve the security as we unlock our smartphones and tablets. The easy to fool (with a picture) Face Unlock feature could soon be getting facial features and expressions to help bolster the security method.
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Google Glass. While something along those lines may eventually arrive for use in a wide variety of places, it looks like we are getting our first look at a Glass app using facial recognition. This app is called MedRef for Glass and as implied by the name -- this one is aimed at the medical profession.
Face Unlock, an alternative to sliding, PIN or pattern-based screen unlocks that uses a forward-facing camera to literally recognize the user's face. Upon actual use, however, it's clear that the technology isn't quite as fleshed out as it could be: frequent errors necessitate a backup system for most users. Apparently some users in particular are having trouble: a Reddit user identifying himself as a black man said that he has consistent issues with Face Unlock not recognizing him. His problems are echoed by other users throughout the thread.
identify people in photos and link them to their Contacts entries - but a new app promises facial recognition for all Android devices. Recognizr is the handiwork of The Astonishing Tribe, and its gimmick is that it can ID people and link them not only to information on your phone, but to their various online social network and blog identities. Currently in proof-of-concept stage, there are a few caveats to bear in mind. Most pressing is that anyone you want to "scan" with Recognizr has to have also registered with the system before they can show up. That's not particularly surprising, when you think about it; there's no public-access database of faces linked to social networks which it could build upon. A public release is expected in the next few months. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5GqJHaNRlas[/youtube] [via technabob]