Apple HomePod manufacturer sees facial recognition eventually coming to smart speakers

The company that assembles Apple’s HomePod smart speaker, Inventec Appliances, said last week that it expects features offered by 3D-sensing cameras to eventually be available on smart speakers. That would include facial and image recognition that could make the product “more convenient and…easier to use,” according to Inventec Appliances president David Ho. The executive did say that he isn’t sure that a smart speaker with AI would be in demand by consumers.

While Ho didn’t mention Apple’s HomePod by name, he did say that Inventec Appliances is also producing a voice enabled smart speaker …


Reuters: Apple to share some facial recognition data with developers

Privacy experts are up in arms today after Apple stated that some of the data mined by the facial recognition system on the iPhone X will be released to developers to help them build apps and games. For example, the data would be useful to help developers build games with characters that mirror the user’s facial expressions. According to a dispatch released today by Reuters, Apple is allowing developers to grab a “rough map” of the user’s face along with 50 different expressions. The developer must get customer permission to obtain the facial data, and also must promise not to sell it to a third …

Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+ updated with faster face recognition at Verizon

A new update is now available for Verizon Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones, which brings a couple of enhancements and bug fixes. The highlight of the update is the improvement of the face recognition feature, which should be faster now.

There’s a new “faster recognition” option that you can enable to unlock your phone faster, but that will decrease security, so Samsung recommends turning this option off.

Samsung also added a new tweak that will allow Galaxy S8 and S8+ users to interact with the navigation bar “Show and hide button” with a double tap. After the …

iPhone 8 3D face recognition system will be faster than current tech, to work in ‘millionths of a second’

Apple’s iPhone 8 is expected to ditch fingerprint identification in favor of 3D face recognition, and now we learn that the new feature will work in a millionths of a second speed, according to a report by the Korea Herald citing insider info.
The Samsung Galaxy series were among the first mainstream devices to feature iris recognition, but the speed and accuracy of the current technology leave a lot to be desired, and maybe that is why current phones ship with an eye scanner AND a fingerprint reader.
The iPhone 8, …

Report: Apple iPhone 8 sensor will handle facial recognition while lying flat on a desk

The bottom line seems pretty clear. Neither Apple nor Samsung will be first to the market place with a fingerprint scanner that will be embedded under the front display. In fact, at the moment, that accomplishment will apparently be first credited to Sharp and its Aquos S2 device. Samsung is relying on the use of its rear-facing fingerprint buttons for biometric control, and it seems that Apple will be hoping that its 3D scanning facial recognition system will be able to unlock phones and verify identity. The main question is whether the financial institutions partnering with Apple on Apple Pay …

New iPhone 8 features tipped: 'SmartCam' scene recognition, Apple Pay authentication with Face ID

In the latest installment of iPhone 8 scoops obtained from the leaked Apple HomePod firmware, developer Guilherme Rambo has unearthed a code that talks about the eventual new options that will come with the iPhone 8’s vertical dual camera. References to a “SmartCam” option indicate some sort of automatic scene selection software, akin to the Intelligent Auto mode on Sony phones, or other similar camera software algorithms. 

There are several scene mentions, such as Baby, Bright Stage, Document, Fireworks, Foliage, and others, so the camera would allegedly look for those …

The Gear VR successor's technology revealed, includes eye tracking and hand recognition

Thanks to Korean firm Visual Camp, we get our first glimpse at a reference variant of the Samsung Exynos VR III head-mounted display – a standalone unit with built-in displays that connects to a smartphone through the USB port. This is considerably more sophisticated technology than the Samsung Gear VR, which requires mounting the entire smartphone in the headset’s front.

Visual Camp boasted about having their eye tracking technology integrated in Samsung’s HMD. The system is designed to sharpen the resolution of the part of the display being viewed by the user’s eyes, while reducing the …

Sony's TrackID music recognition service is closing down

Sony users are probably familiar with TrackID. It used to come pre-installed on all Xperia handsets before the current Xperia XZs and Xperia XZ Premium. Now, we know why Sony didn’t bother installing it by default – because the service is shutting down on 15 September 2017.

This piece of news comes out of the blue, and Sony hasn’t provided any details as to why it wants to off TrackID. Our guess would be that the music recognition software is just costing too much unjustified resources for the Japanese tech giant, but that’s just a speculation at this point. The official information which …

Sony to preview 3D face recognition this week?

For face recognition to be good enough to confirm someone’s identity, it has to use 3D representation. The 2D images that are part of the native Face Unlock feature on Android is not enough to make you feel comfortable about using it to verify identity for financial transactions. But this week, at MWC Shanghai, Sony will display a 3D face recognition system that can be used for biometric readings.

While such 3D scanning will be be used in Augmented Reality, it can also be used for security purposes. That is what Sony has in mind. The company is partnering with Swiss facial recognition firm …

Company you've never heard of reveals that face recognition and AR are coming to the Apple iPhone 8

A company that you probably never heard of has inadvertently revealed information pertaining to the 10th anniversary edition of the Apple iPhone. Dubbed the Apple iPhone 8, this premium model is widely expected to include features including 3D sensing and AR capabilities. Back in February, KGI securities reliable Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo said that the front camera on the device will be revolutionary with its ability to provide face recognition and AR capabilities.

Since February, there have been various rumors at one time or another about whether Apple has been able to get the technology …