Leave it to Apple to try to outdo anything Android. An Apple patent application was just released today describing a facial recognition system and works whether you’re indoors or outdoors. Here’s how it works: the technology compares a current image of yourself to a reference model user profile made using “high information” portions of the human face, like eyes and mouths. In other words– the technology takes any picture or image of you, compares it against other images or pictures affiliated with user accounts on the device and decides if the two images or pictures are similar enough to allow you access to your device. It’s definitely an interesting and exciting concept because it will ultimately force Google to improve the Facial Unlock feature now in Android 4.0… especially considering how there’s that little potential security flaw we’re aware of.
There’s one major thing to note though: Apple submitted the paperwork for this patent in June of 2010– it’s only now being disclosed to the public. That means Apple was ahead of the curve long before Google introduced the Facial Unlock technology.