Gone Are The Days Of Finger Print Sensor, 3D Facial Recognition Is The New Thing:
The fingerprint sensor, in iPhone, has become an old story. The new one revolves around Face ID, a feature that allows the phone to unlock using face recognition. With iPhone X being the newest in Apple’s smartphone category, its 3D Facial Recognition system has become a thing.
There is still room for a little tweaking here and there; something that iPhone is onto for the past year.
And their efforts seem to pay off. The new iPhone 11, to be launched soon in 2019, is reported having an advanced version of the existing Face ID system. The new system is based on a powerful sensor called the flood illuminator. This sensor reduces the impact of invisible light from the user’s surrounding for the sake of improving the facial recognition process. The iPhone 11 also features an advanced camera system that helps to map the geometry of the user’s face in 3D. Also, the new camera system is reported to work for iPads.
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The Camera System Will Be Able To Figure Out The Distance Between Objects:
“In addition to the improved facial recognition system for next year’s iPhones, ‘Time of Flight’ 3D camera will be incorporated in iPad models by late 2019 or early 2020. The camera system will be able to figure out the distance between objects by measuring how long it takes for light or lasers from the iPad to reach the subject. This will allow the iPad to capture 3D models, which can then be edited using the Apple Pencil.”
Though going into details is not really necessary here but for the intricacy-lovers, here’s a description on how the Face ID system functions. The TrueDepth camera identifies around 30,000 invisible dots to create a depth map of the user’s face. It also captures an infrared image of the face. The depth map and infrared image are then converted into a mathematical representation.
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Each time a user tries to unlock the phone, the system matches the mathematical representation with the depth map and infrared image. It is when both the elements bear similarity, the phone is unlocked.
A logical concern here could be that of the facial features changing due to cosmetic, lightening, or other reasons. You may have make-up on or a beard when setting the Face ID. You may also be wearing contact lenses or sunglasses during the first-go while none during subsequent attempts. Will the system still identify you as the same person despite all the changes? Yes, the system is qualified to adapt itself to the changes in appearance, making it easy for the users to unlock their phones no matter what.
The system is fully protected and the chance of it failing and unlocking to the wrong face is 1 in 1,000,000.
Knowing what Apple is up to, one thing’s for sure, iPhone 11 is going to be better than the rest. More features of it will be revealed soon. Stay Tuned!