Apple has been granted a new patent this week that covers facial recognition technology used to control a computing device. The tech can be used on multiple Apple products including the iPhone, iPad, and Mac computers.
The patent is number 8,600,120 for "Personal computing device control using face detection and recognition." the patent notes that face detection and recognition are two different processes. the detection phase involves locating faces in an image.
The recognition part of the patent then pairs those faces with a particular person or user. The patent covers three systems including a face detection decision app, face recognition app, and an input/output control app. With those three systems working in conjunction, the Apple gadget can do some pretty cool things.
The device would be able to activate certain functions or perhaps even apps when it recognizes the person. This may mean that if your kids play your iPhone, you can block them from seeing your email texts, and phone calls without them or you having to do anything. The patent also outlines a way where it can recognize who is looking at the iPhone when it rings, and not turn on the screen if the person isn't an authorized user. Like any patent, there is no guarantee that this tech will ever make it into an Appel product.