Intel introduces ‘RealSense ID’ as an alternative to Face ID for smart devices


Intel today announced a new solution called RealSense ID, a technology that combines depth sensors and artificial intelligence for facial authentication. If the description sounds like what Face ID does, that’s because it is.

Much like Face ID, RealSense ID is based on two camera lenses and special sensors capable of capturing depth. Combined with an advanced neural network, it can detect and distinguish a person’s face, making it useful as an authentication method for smart devices.

According to Intel, the setup process is straightforward and also relies on a security chip that stores and encrypts user data, just like Secure Enclave does on iPhone and iPad.

With an easy registration process and no network configuration required, Intel RealSense ID provides a highly accurate natural solution that simplifies secure entry. With a single glance, users can quickly unlock what’s important to them. Intel RealSense ID combines active depth with a specialized neural network, a dedicated system-on-a-chip, and a built-in secure element to encrypt and process user data quickly and securely.

The company says RealSense ID can be integrated with smart locks, access control, point-of-sale systems, ATMs, kiosks, and many other devices. Intel has built its technology with an anti-spoofing system that works against attempts to unlock the device with pictures, videos or masks. The chance of someone cheating on Intel’s facial recognition system is one in a million – the same number Apple says about Face ID accuracy.

Since Face ID was introduced with the iPhone X in 2017, we haven’t seen many competitors include similar technology in their products – perhaps because Face ID sensors are expensive and require considerable internal space ( that’s why the iPhone still doesn’t have a notch). While other smartphones, tablets, and computers offer facial recognition, they often work by simply identifying the user’s face in a 2D image.

It will be interesting to see if Intel’s RealSense ID will bring Face ID level facial recognition system to other devices. Meanwhile, rumors suggest that Apple will add Touch ID on future iPhones, as some users seem to prefer the traditional biometric method.

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