Google files for patent to unlock your phone using a funny face

Google files for patent to unlock your phone using a funny face
Filed in June of last year, Google’s facial recognition software could be configured to allow users to make a predefined facial gesture to unlock the device.

One way it could work would be where the device asks for a different gesture each time, it could be a wink, moving the eyebrows or “tongue protrusion” (why don’t they just call it “sticking out your tongue?”).

Facial recognition is not new, Google introduced it as a feature with the new version of Android when the Samsung Galaxy Nexus made its debut. In short order, it was found that a picture could defeat the recognition software though. Google’s fix to introduce a “liveness check” where the user was required to blink before it would read the face was also shown to be easily duped using only rudimentary skills.

The new patent is still pending, but the idea behind moving face gestures is that they are arguably more difficult to duplicate. We can see that position, but hopefully it would not be restricted to only minor facial expressions. The more whacky the face, the harder to duplicate, right?

source: The Huffington Post



1. ihatesmartphone unregistered

Take that Apple!!

16. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Samsung fan unlock their phone by farting on the screen.

17. ihatesmartphone unregistered

never heard that -__-"

18. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

So how do you explain the bad smell coming out from the S4

19. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

That's why all Samsung fans have a funny face like this? they're just trying to unlock their phone? And what happens if someone has already been born with a funny face ?

30. ashue

Posts: 28; Member since: Feb 26, 2013

well you have to switch over to apple... sorry to hear that about you....

36. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Your mother set it to vibrate?

20. SleepingOz unregistered

I always knew you were kinda retarded, but not to that extent..

22. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Yeah, I get that a lot, but my dad that he is currently the CEO of Samsung says it is inherited!

26. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

If your dad was the ceo of samsung you wouldn't be on a tech site.

27. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

You got me, you're very smart, you're probably a Samsung fan !


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

Jealous wp8 fan. ®

33. polrt

Posts: 73; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

When I see you on the street makes funny faces to your phone I will be super Jealous. lol ®

35. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Not sure if the CEO of Samsung knows that he is dad of polrt :)

28. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Apple's already moving in a different direction. They are going to the basic and use your fingerprint on the home key to unlock.

2. TheMan

Posts: 494; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

I recommend using your "Oh!" face

3. dan86

Posts: 298; Member since: Mar 17, 2012

Apple just took note of it.

37. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

Time for a lawsuit. You slide your tongue out, so this infringes the slide to unlock patent.

4. Omar-BHR95

Posts: 184; Member since: Dec 23, 2012

UM ..... WTF?

5. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

What dafuq is this??? xD

6. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

lol, good idea in terms of security but very impractical; i would never be able to unlock my phone in public lol. silly ideas like these is why i love google, coz i think theyre doing it just for fun as well. why not use the camera for retina scan, that would be awesome!!!

11. Diazene

Posts: 129; Member since: May 01, 2013

how would your phone camera capture your retina? I don't think it's even possilbe with such cameras

12. CellularNinja

Posts: 306; Member since: Sep 27, 2011

You realize how accurate and advanced the phone's front facing camera would have to be in order to scan your retina? A lot more than they are today that's for sure.

15. SonyXperiaNexus

Posts: 374; Member since: Oct 01, 2012

lol, i know that, but if we could it would be cool

7. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

I unlocked my phone just by reading that title. :)

8. ihatesmartphone unregistered

even my picture can do that...xp

9. vincelongman

Posts: 5693; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Pretty good idea, but it seems like one of those features which you just play around with at first and then forget about it after.

10. SuperNexus

Posts: 127; Member since: Jan 18, 2013

Awesome, unique and yet very funny.

13. sudhiir.reddy

Posts: 30; Member since: Jun 08, 2013

what to do if i am in a cremation ceremony and my phone asks me to smile...!

21. evarod48

Posts: 154; Member since: Oct 30, 2012

what if you weren't doing a silly face and your phone unlocked just because you were weird looking?

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