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Is it possible to use face recognition to log in?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Tigercat212, Aug 14, 2008.


Would you use an app that would let you login using facial recognition?

  1. Yes

    53 vote(s)
  2. No

    20 vote(s)
  1. macrumors regular

    First of all, I would encourage you to read this article: http://www.julius-eckert.com/project/view/3/8

    This article is by Julius Eckert, who is a developer for Mac OSX. He used face recognition (video provided by the isight) to change perspective in applications. But, I was wondering if it was possible for someone to develop an app that would allow you to log in by using facial recognition instead of a password in text.

    If anybody could possibly develop this and post it on these forums, it would be greatly appreciated. If there is already something like this, please PM me the link or post it in this thread


  2. macrumors member

    Oh hey, I'll hop right on it:p
  3. macrumors regular

    jokun, can you develop this and integrate in into the login screen?
  4. macrumors demi-god


    I think the :p should probably be a clue

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  5. macrumors regular

    Heh, MacDawg.
  6. Moderator emeritus


    There is some software that did this on Windows, but as far as I know, there's nothing on OS X right now. I think there are some SDKs that could potentially be used for the purpose, but it's still a fairly huge task. 'Twould be an excellent feature for all the Macs that have iSights built into them. Although these biometrics are easy to fool.

    Like, many of these facial recognition tools can be defeated by a photo of you. If you have a fingerprint scanner, in many cases, if I have direct access to you, I can defeat it very easily using readily available items (e.g. get you to put a fingerprint on a can or glass or other fingerprint friendly surface, lift it with a piece of tape, photocopy it, and then the photocopy fingerprint will actually often key your fingerprint scanner).
  7. macrumors demi-god


    Yeah, I'm afraid it would make it far too easy for George Clooney to log into my Mac ;)

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  8. macrumors regular


    Is there anyway to use a fingerprinting analysis/recognition to login in Mac OSX on a Macbook?
  9. Moderator emeritus


  10. macrumors regular

  11. Moderator emeritus


    No, but then there's no built in fingerprint scanner, either. It's not quite like you can put your finger up to the iSight and get a good read... :D
  12. macrumors regular

    Can you use that to replace the login screen so instead of inputting a text password you can use your fingerprint?
  13. macrumors member

    the website says u can
  14. macrumors regular

    1. Does the Eikon work well with Mac OSX on a Blackbook?

    2. What is the difference between these two: http://www.amazon.com/Digital-Priva...AE42MH160C6CS&s=generic&qid=1212436317&sr=1-1



    It seems as if they're the same product but the second link is 6 dollars less than the first link.

    3. For those who have it, is the actual scanner small? Does it fit well into a laptop case?

    Oh, I didn't see that. Thanks tallestof4.
  15. macrumors Core


    What happens if you have a facial tick when you go to log in.
  16. macrumors member


    What happens if the song "what is love' comes on when your signing in?
  17. macrumors member

    sarcasm FAIL:rolleyes:

    Sorry to get your hopes up, buddy.
  18. Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    You can't do it pre-login, but this might help... Go to your System preferences and in the Accounts pane click on Login Items. Click the + symbol and navigate to the Applications folder. From here, select Photobooth and press Okay. Close System Preferences and log out. Now, log back into your account with your password. Photobooth should now open up. Click on the circular button with a camera in it. On the count of three it'll take a photo. If you don't recognise the person in the photo, then log back out, and quickly! Somebody's stealing your filthy filthy donkey pr0n! Oh noes!
  19. macrumors 68000



    The size is listed in the above Amazon link, 3.3 x 0.06 x 1.3 inches, and it weighs 3 ounces. So yes, it is small, and Yes, I am sure it will fit in any laptop case.
  20. macrumors 6502a


    Why is there a poll? The answer has nothing to do with an opinion.
    That said i hope someone makes this app if it is possible.
  21. macrumors regular

    You will probably need the Eikon fingerprint scanner to answer these questions.

    1. On a Mac, can you set a prefererence so you only use the scanner to log in and nothing else.

    2. Can you set it so it logs you into some websites even if they have different passwords.

    3. How big is the learning curve?

    I just wanted to see whether people would actually consider using something like this.
  22. macrumors 68030

    Full of Win

    If this is not in Snow Leopard, I'd be shocked.
  23. macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    And if it is, I will be. It's nothing more than a gimmick.
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    Staff Member

    No new features in Snow Leopard, though, right?
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