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

0. phoneArena posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:25

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...

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posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:27 7

2. Zayuh24 (Posts: 149; Member since: 21 Nov 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.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:31

3. akita256 (Posts: 81; Member since: 26 Jan 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!! :)

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:19

10. ivanko34 (Posts: 617; Member since: 04 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 11:59 1

39. protozeloz (Posts: 5396; Member since: 16 Sep 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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:36

4. frydaexiii (Posts: 1475; Member since: 01 Dec 2011)

Wow, that's actually pretty smart!

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 07:58

8. troutsy (Posts: 320; Member since: 17 Feb 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.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 08:08

9. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 09:08 4

24. samfrancisco (Posts: 12; Member since: 26 Feb 2012)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:19

33. sheepygalaxy (Posts: 68; Member since: 10 Mar 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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 10:44

38. gwuhua1984 (Posts: 1237; Member since: 06 Mar 2012)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 12:43 2

40. jibraihimi (Posts: 770; Member since: 29 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 13:04

41. LoneShaolin (Posts: 307; Member since: 14 Jan 2012)

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

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 13:15

42. pooked (Posts: 56; Member since: 27 Jan 2012)

It is indeed a neat trick.

posted on 29 Mar 2012, 16:01

44. fraydoe (Posts: 57; Member since: 27 Dec 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 =)

posted on 03 Apr 2012, 16:30

45. SensibleVision (Posts: 2; Member since: 29 Dec 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


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