Google Wins Face to Unlock for Multiple Users Patent; Wonder What Apple Says…
Google has just won a face to unlock patent, that allows multiple users to share a “computing device” and unlock it using their faces. You just show your shiny smiling face to the built in camera and you’ll gain access to your side of the platform, with your personal profile.
When someone else approaches the device, he can do the same and get the face recognition treatment. No real world product is in sight so far, but this biometric ID evolution is welcome. We could see a multi user iteration of Android in the future, something that has been speculated about even before Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was launched. Well, the good news here is that Apple’s grubby hands didn’t get this patent, so Google has an upper hand.
I’m still fascinated by the fact that Apple patented some high tech glasses a while ago, clearly similar to Google Project Glass, so I hope Google won’t be in trouble for that product. I’ve also heard at some point that Windows 8 may allow face identification/unlock. Is this the future replacement of slide to unlock?