Apple patent uses facial recognition to change settings and filter content

Apple patent uses facial recognition to change settings and filter content
For quite a while now, users have been requesting that Apple add multiple user support to iOS. Android added multiple user support for tablets in 4.2 Jelly Bean. The theory is that neither Google nor Apple has added multi-user options to phones because Nokia owns a patent on that (which feels like another failure by the USPTO), although that doesn't answer why the iPad doesn't offer the feature.

Cynics may claim that Apple simply wants to force customers to buy multiple devices rather than share one. Or it could be that Apple is working on the feature, but isn't happy with the implementation, and hasn't released it because of that. A new patent seems to indicate the latter, because Apple is obviously tinkering with multiple user features. 

A newly granted patent by the USPTO is called "Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition"; and, as you can say about so many patents granted by the USPTO, it sounds quite a bit like at least one existing technology - Microsoft's Kinect. The feature would use facial recognition for security, but also to personalize a device for multiple users - changing settings and even hiding certain content like personal messages. 

We should note that Apple's patent was filed back in 2008 and just granted today, so there is absolutely no indication that this implementation will ever find its way into an Apple product. Given how long ago it was filed, it certainly doesn't seem to have anything to do with Apple's recent purchase of PrimeSense, the company behind the original Kinect technology, but now that Apple has the patent, it could very well use it. 

source: USPTO via AppleInsider

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14 Comments

1. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Cool, but what if you have baby face? Nice idea, though.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Back in 2008? Damn that's five years ago.

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Great counting.

9. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

and can we please stop talking bout patents for at least one month

3. srisri

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 16, 2013

u know why :P

4. moronman66

Posts: 162; Member since: Jan 09, 2012

The first iAccount is free to put on, but then you have to pay an extra hundred for the second ;)

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

Thats more like Microsoft...

11. cc3493

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

have you ever even used windows? you dont need to pay for multiple accounts -_- and even on the xbox one - only one account needs to have gold and all linked accounts that use the same xbox do not need to buy gold....

12. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

I have W8 pc, and it was partly joke like the comment before that. Microsoft is just famous for things like that. That iAccount thing was so BS I had to right wrongs.

15. ady_lad

Posts: 83; Member since: Jul 17, 2013

That's so Apple like mate...bitching on Microsoft, but that is pure Apple.

5. TheLolGuy

Posts: 483; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Sounds like what the Xbox One and Kinect does -- which I must give credit to Microsoft for working really well. The facial and user recognition capabilities -- voice control can be a bit iffy.

8. tacarat

Posts: 854; Member since: Apr 22, 2013

Having the voice spoken right into the mic helps. Crowds and distance, not so much.

10. JerryTime

Posts: 468; Member since: Nov 09, 2013

My voice control on my ONE doesn't skip a beat. Try to go into your settings and reprogram yours it might help clean it up for you a bit.

13. Sire3008

Posts: 87; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Patents everywhere!!! I wonder if Graham Bell's family can sue all phone OEMs for building a mobile phone since he was d first to build it! #just_saying.

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