Login by Facial Recognition via iSight?

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  1. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a

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    Just wondering if anybody knows of any software that would do this.

    I know it wouldn't be 100% secure given the iSight resolution and all, as well as other factors such as lighting, etc.

    Just thought it'd be a nice novelty to keep unwanted users off my Mac when I'm not around.
     
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I don't believe that it would be possible for Mac OS X in its current incarnation. But that would be a pretty cool security feature if it ever comes to fruition :)
     
  3. Siriosys macrumors regular

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    +1

    Absolutely brilliant idea, combined with a password would be great.......only downside might be if somebody could get a photograph of you and attempt to log in with that.......
     
  4. ddeadserious thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have found some "kind of" solution for Windows, but nothing really for Mac.

    I'm aware it wouldn't be 100% secure, due to the photo thing. Theretically, the only way to combat that would be by using two cameras at different angles to get a 3D-like rendering.

    I can't believe there's nothing even in development for this...
     
  5. Bennieboy© macrumors 65816

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    what about thumb print and voice recognition, voice recog is used for some things already in computing isnt it :p
     
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  7. rkdiddy macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure it isn't too far off - since iPhoto does a fairly good job of recognizing faces.

    It would be pretty cool.
     
  8. ethical macrumors 68000

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    That would be a pretty cool feature!

    After that there would be an option to put a skin sample into the optical drive.... for added DNA security!
     
  9. FSMBP macrumors 68020

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    Yes but iPhoto does this off images from Digital Cameras (cameras with good sensors and flashes, great image quality). Plus, iPhoto isn't 100% efficient/accurate at all.

    What if you're in a lecture hall that's dark, the iSight won't pick up your face and then you're SOL.

    It seems good in theory, but it seems a lot quicker/less gimmicky to type a password. It does seem more secure, but what about changes in facial hair, bruises or other elements (ex. Tattoos) ?
     
  10. zenoran macrumors regular

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    my creative labs webcam has a plugin for windows that does that but it was beta and buggy... cool idea but password is just quicker/better :)

    not sure what they did with that whole app I think they might have scrapped the project?
     
  11. generationxwing macrumors 6502

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    That actually sounds like a great incarnation for iSights built into Macs. iChat 3D!
     

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