Samsung's version of Face Unlock requires you to blink before it grants access to the phone

Samsung's version of Face Unlock requires you to blink before it grants access to the phone
Just when we started wondering whether the company can pull off the eye-tracking tech supposedly in store for the rumored Samsung i9300 M Olympics phone, and it clarified how they do it.

Today Samsung Tomorrow, the company's official blog, issued a post aiming to introduce us to the kitchen of software updates. Buried inside the Galaxy S quasi-ICS update section was hidden this little gem: "Included in the firmware upgrade is the ‘Face Unlock’ feature found in the ICS upgrade. In response to security issues raised regarding Face Unlock, Samsung incorporated blinking for added security."

This is in response to the allegations that the Face Unlock feature of Android 4.0 ICS can be easily tricked by just holding a picture in front of the phone, instead of the actual person.

Samsung has resolved the issue in a pretty neat manner, requiring you to blink, so the phone makes sure a living, breathing person sits in front of it. Regardless of the way they did it with the front-facing camera, now the rumor about the Samsung M tracking your eyes and keeping the screen on if it recognizes you are staring at it, receives much more street cred.

source: Samsung via SlashGear

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45 Comments

45. SensibleVision

Posts: 2; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Great article and comments. The Samsung addition of blink detection to the face unlock feature in Android ICM is an interesting way to address a common challenge of that feature – photo rejection. Sensible Vision – (my employer and) the leading provider of face recognition solutions for the PC – has taken a different approach. By simultaneously touching a “secret shape” in addition to showing your face, FastAccess Anywhere for Android and iOS achieves: • Security greater than that of a highly complex password—without the need to actually type a password on a small keyboard • Extremely quick access to protected data. This is critical to the long term use of any technology. We avoid the use of time-based techniques like video capture that introduce additional delays into the login process. • Complete immunity to access by both photos and videos (photos can’t blink, but videos certainly can). FastAccess Anywhere also provides convenience by allowing the user to target security to only where it’s really needed – the login to secure apps and websites and the launch of apps that the user deems to be sensitive. No need to go through security just to check the weather or play a game. If you are interested in late stage beta on Android or Apple, please contact me info[at]sensiblevision.com Thanks, Kim SVI-Rep

44. fraydoe

Posts: 57; Member since: Dec 27, 2011

seems that maybe you just need to cover the eyes briefly so the camera loses sight of your iris or pupil. not too hard to bypass with a picture and some scissors =)

42. pooked

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 27, 2012

It is indeed a neat trick.

41. LoneShaolin

Posts: 307; Member since: Jan 14, 2012

Sweet. Will this make it into the Skyrocket ICS update?

40. jibraihimi

Posts: 816; Member since: Nov 29, 2011

Now Apple will innovate and will have 'lick to unlock' and 'fart to unlock' feature in next iteration of ios........... :)

38. gwuhua1984

Posts: 1237; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

This feature is definitely an upgrade to the face unlock. It'll be very fun to play around with once it is out.

33. sheepygalaxy

Posts: 68; Member since: Mar 10, 2012

Half the stuff on phones are gimmicks and that's the same for all apps stores but we all still use and download them

24. samfrancisco

Posts: 12; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

Every security has a hole, but this one is an easy workaround to almost cover a big hole. Great job Samsung. :-)

8. troutsy

Posts: 384; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

That's pretty clever, good for Samsung. In my experience though, I've always felt compelled to turn off face unlock features because they seem to be such a drag on resources. I could always enter my password about as quickly as it could recognize my face and I REALLY don't want the thing scanning my face while i'm using the phone just to keep the screen lit. -1 for the article... It was pretty distracting how poorly written it is.

9. nnaatthhaannx2

Posts: 820; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

this is PA, of course the articles aren't written to perfection

4. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

Wow, that's actually pretty smart!

3. akita256

Posts: 100; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

HA! I think we can all predict what will happen next: Somebody will try taking a photo, cutting around the eyes and having a way to manually slide the eyes closed quickly to see if they can fool Samsung's new security technology. Or they'll try taking a close-up video of that person blinking their eyes with one phone and then try holding up that phone to the Samsung phone and playing the video to see if they can fool Samsung's security. Have no doubt that somebody will try it!! :)

10. ivanko34

Posts: 617; Member since: Sep 04, 2011

nobody will try to do that too complicated Samsung found a very nice security system

39. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 2010

or even better killing the person and mounting the face into a machine that makes it blink, I´m 100% sure spies with sensible data on their android devices will not use face unlock

2. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

VERY good idea. I was beginning to worry about the face unlock feature dying before it was widely implemented because of that whole security issue. Good job, Sammy.

1. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

cool but sounds like a gimmick..

5. SleepingOz unregistered

unless it was developed by Sony or HTC, right?

12. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

what does Sony and HTC have to do with this? They weren't even mentioned in the article. What a douche troll.

17. SleepingOz unregistered

Just don't take your case for a generality! You are the douche troll here! I'm neither bashing Sony nor HTC in my previous comment. Does a stupid fag like you even know the real meaning of trolling? Oh yeah, that's what you do on every Samsung Article!

18. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Well, everyone is entitled for their own opinion. So if you agree or disagree with mine then I got no problem with that. We can just dance with intelligent arguements and not just come out with stupid statements like yours. And Ok, so what's the sense of mentioning Sony and HTC? I'm not getting it. I don't know if its me or its just you being a stupid douche troll. And yeah and you're the perfect example of a troll no doubt.

21. SleepingOz unregistered

Who are you fooling? Everyone here knows that you're one of the biggest Samsung haters, if not the biggest Samsung hater of this site. You never miss an opportunity to troll on Samsung articles. And you're calling me a troll? Again, just don't take your case for a generality!

25. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I don't hate Samsung, I just don't like them. They make great products but their designs just doesnt fit my taste and thats just it. I don't bash or troll the way you do. My post and the article doesnt include Sony and HTC and your talking stupid already. lol And yes thanks for avoiding the BIG question, "what's the sense of mentioning Sony and HTC?" lol

26. SleepingOz unregistered

Have I ever bashed HTC or Sony in my previous comments unlike you with Samsung? You've got no point calling me a troll! I just mentioned Sony or HTC to accentuate the fact that you're a Samsung hater! You would have never found this a gimmick if this was from one of these manufacturers. Don't lie to yourself, troll!

27. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

You admit. OK. So the next big question is, "Who's the troll now?" lol And my first statement wasnt even about bashing Samsung or its innovation, I'm talking about the feature itself in general.And the problem is you're so defensive, the word "TROLL" is written all over your face. lol

28. SleepingOz unregistered

judging by the rating of your comments, it's you.. =] ahahaha

29. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Being thumbed down by a horde of Samsung fanboys won't make me a troll. If you think out of the box, it will be you, no doubt.

30. Oxygen

Posts: 125; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

From what I have read so far, you are the troll.

32. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

I'm so amazed how Samsung fanboys share some sort of a link in their minds that everytime someone disagrees or atleast bash one of their co-fanboys, they will automatically jump to the ship and call the opposing party a troll without giving a intelligent reasoning as to why he became a troll. funny right?

34. SleepingOz unregistered

If you weren't trolling then why are you so defensive? You keep editing your comments again and again to sound the least "troll" possible but you just can't help it, the word "TROLL" is written all over your face. hahaha!

35. arcq12

Posts: 733; Member since: Oct 13, 2011

Come on man, I just wanna end this stupid argument with you. For all I care, you're the true troll because you are mentioning Sony and HTC out of nowhere for being so defensive about Samsung. End of story.

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