Apple seeks patent for method to unlock your phone by identifying contacts' faces
Face Unlock which uses the front facing camera on a phone to recognize the owner's face and unlock the unit. However, the method had a major flaw which was that a picture of the owner put in front of the front-facing camera could fool the lock into believing that the owner was trying to unlock the phone and could allow an unauthorized person to have access to the device. That led to an additional step to prove that it really was the owner and not an image that was in front of the camera. Asking the owner to blink in front of the camera is one way to prove that a picture isn't being used. But a change in appearance, like the addition of a beard, can prevent the phone from unlocking.
Apple has filed a patent for its own version of Face Unlock which uses the mouth, the tip of a nose and eyes, and the distances between your facial features to determine if you are the owner of the phone.
source: PatentlyApple via MacRumors
1. nikenturd (unregistered)
Bribe away Apple......USPTO would be more than happy to grant your wish
9. imsickwithsmartphone (Posts: 153; Member since: 28 Jan 2013)
Next story please..........
14. joey_sfb (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
i sure you could hang out in cnn instead. Why come to PhoneArena a smart phone news site.
30. Razorback556 (Posts: 9; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)
This beats all that cnn liberal garbage anyday
2. nikenturd (unregistered)
Apple can always borrow Droid features Without any problems....huh
7. lance.armstrong (Posts: 3; Member since: 11 Feb 2013)
well i'm sure if android wants any of apples innovations they just have to pay for the licence. Just don't steal like samsung and we can all live happy. :)
10. nikenturd (unregistered)
license to use the Ornamental White/black color? you are delusional
34. donfem (Posts: 480; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I can read a lto about how innovative you are just by looking at your name..
3. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 5632; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)
WTF is this iPatent week? enough already. Apple better not SUE Android again for FACE UNLOCKED
16. joey_sfb (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
They can try and then get it invalidated. The patent is only good for bullying smaller businesses, the ones that can't afford expensive lawsuit.
25. jacko1977 (Posts: 377; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)
you know ios is a stolen product of android right why do you think it had no features when it came out cause apple rushed the stolen product out to make it look like apple was first
27. darkkjedii (Posts: 9255; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)
Dude what is it with u, and this repeated comment? Put up a source link so we can read what you're talking about please.
29. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
Do you thin BMW and all.others car makers care that they didn't invent the automobile.... Please grow up
37. joey_sfb (Posts: 1968; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)
If you want to fool yourself by calling it a win, sure.
"pinch to zoom", invalidated.
"The Rubber Banding ", invalidated.
"Multi-Touch Patent", invalidated.
Plus, everyone knows apple business secret that they have protected over the years make known through this law suit. Samsung is hell bend in appealing so Apple better brace for more damage along the way.
Make me want to buy MORE samsung products, it gives me a warm fizzy feeling.
4. Tele7 (Posts: 47; Member since: 12 Dec 2012)
I saw this idea before at Facebook when you forgot your password, it is nothing else than putting this into a phone
26. bipinm (Posts: 122; Member since: 07 Oct 2012)
i have seen this facebook too...when ur account is locked, it shows the photos of ur friends and ask u to type the name...
5. Equilibrium (Posts: 18; Member since: 15 Nov 2012)
This article reminds of one i read not too long ago:p
6. Zero0 (Posts: 561; Member since: 05 Jul 2012)
This patent could be renamed "Unlock a cellular device using Facebook's method of account access by face identification."
8. rusticguy (Posts: 2810; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
US Patent Troll's Office == USPTO ...
Now Apple is into large scale theft of concepts from FB.
11. hypermagz (Posts: 18; Member since: 31 Dec 2012)
So, all i need to present is a drawing at USPTO to have it patented and i can sue anyone with the same idea... hmm have anyone patented the ability for your phone to pull up contact numbers from your sim card or phone or any other account(FB,Google, etc.) if not I would like to patent that then i can sue all phone,simcard,carrier, etc. and get rich! xD
12. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
the crappy part about Patton's are that they making so damn expensive to get that only rich companies can afford them especially when you have to get 50 or 60 or 100 or mor Patons to actually Patton a good ideabecause there is so many variations of it but can happenI think that they should change it so that there some sort of scaling wage deal that makes it so somebody that has no money or very little money has a way that they can afford to put a patent not without getting a loan or putting up their house as a collateral
13. Phullofphil (Posts: 798; Member since: 10 Feb 2009)
sorry about my spelling but this site is really hard to edit stuff in type when I am using my phone for some reason it never shows were I'm typing very easily and makes it so I have to type everything out and then post it then look at it and try to edit it afterwards
15. Abbath (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Sep 2012)
While other manufacturers are busy experimenting with actual evolutionary ideas, and thinking on the grounds of creating something "new", "never seen before", "fresh" and "exciting"...Apple doing what it does best! Seeking out pre-existing sometimes dated innovations and ideas, and trying to call them it its own!
17. VZWuser76 (Posts: 985; Member since: 04 Mar 2010)
Here's were I see a problem. You and your friend, sibling, or SO are fighting. They get your phone while you're in the shower. A contact comes up asking for a name, a contact they know as well, which they speak or type, and they're in.
The only people this keeps out is complete strangers. Many times the ones you need to keep out of your phone are the people you know.
18. phil2n (Posts: 466; Member since: 30 Apr 2012)
nah! nah!. People want real innovation, not this kind of patent yet apple still call this an innovation. I have to admit that i love apple products but i never bought any of those product because i hate their management and the way they put prices on their phones and tablet.
22. gallitoking (Posts: 4630; Member since: 17 May 2011)
now this is innovation great job Apple....
24. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
really cant see this taking off. unlocking your phone should take two seconds or less. i really cant see iThingy users completing a multiple answer exam on their lifes just to unlock their iThingy. As many users have already said, Apple will probably try and sue android over face unlock if they are granted this patient.
28. JunkCreek (Posts: 379; Member since: 13 Jul 2012)
sounds so complicated. password and pattern are simplest. i,d prefer pattern, because i can avoid to type something that really hard to type that make me switch forth and back to ascii keyboard (special characters) or something really long to type (i use phrases for my passwords without space between words) and some upper characters in between them, easy to type on the pc/laptop keyboard, but hard to pull on the virtual keyboard.
31. oister85 (Posts: 385; Member since: 27 Apr 2012)
The face to unlock is in one of my galaxy s3 features. Why would apple try to patent that feature unless they made it better