Microsoft introduces face recognition

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Windows 10 won’t need passwords to have tou access your computer or establish your identity. You’ll be able to use your face, eyeball or fingerprints to unlock your phone, tablet or PC, thanks to Hello, a new biometric security system Microsoft has just announced.

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You’ll be able to use your face, eyeball or fingerprints to unlock your phone, tablet or PC, thanks to Hello, a new biometric feature Microsoft has just announced.

On the company’s Windows blog, Microsoft corporate vice president Joe Belfiore said that using Hello “you’ll be able to just show your face, or touch your finger, to new devices running Windows 10 and be immediately recognised”.

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Windows 10 is the next version of Windows, due for release some time towards the end of this year. Existing Windows 8 and Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 free of charge – all part of Microsoft’s plan to get all its PC, phone and tablet customers onto the one platform, making them an attractive target for app developers, and potentially for malicious hackers.

The new “enterprise-grade”  security system will be able to take advantage of existing fingerprint readers on PCs (should you upgrade the PC to Windows 10), but it won’t be able to take advantage of regular web cams, nor the existing front-facing cameras on Windows Phone devices (should you happen to be one of the few people using one of those).

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Rather, you’ll need a special camera on your device, that uses infrared light instead of visible light for iris- and face-recognition. Presumably that’s because a hot, glowing face or a cold, glassy eyeball looks very different from a mere photograph of that face or eyeball when looked at in the infrared spectrum. Infrared cameras can see heat, you see.

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