When Apple revealed its Face ID system for user authentication with its launch of the iPhone X last autumn, many wondered whether the mobile industry would shift away from fingerprint recognition and to facial recognition for user authentication. Several months later, it’s not clear that fingerprint recognition is going anywhere – that technology is still advancing along its own track, and is more popular than ever – but it is increasingly clear that facial recognition is catching on in a big way in the consumer sector.
No one has yet matched the sophistication of Apple’s infrared, 3D face-scanning system, but the prominence of Apple’s brand and its status as a trend-setter has helped to promote facial recognition as a normal consumer technology. There are plenty of signs that for everyday users, facial recognition is going mainstream; here are some of the latest:
Face scanning is increasingly popular in the mobile sector:
It’s also finding its way into the home, for security…
… and for everyday household tasks:
We’re not even the only primates whose faces are being scanned: