Intel Developing New 3D Camera Business, Aiming to Replace Passwords With Facial Recognition

Earlier this year, Intel demonstrated an impressive wireless cable computer system made possible with Skylake, Intel's next-generation chip technology (after Broadwell). At a recent venture capital event, the company showed off even more of its upcoming technology, including a face-recognition 3D camera system that aims to do away with passwords and allow for new methods of computer control.

As detailed by The Wall Street Journal, Intel's "YAP" concept (which stands for "you are the password"), is designed to recognize a user's voice, face, or fingerprint, to allow biometric access to a device. Kirk Skaugen, in charge of Intel's PC chip business, believes that such technology could be coming to computers as early as next year.

Intel's Kirk Skaugen

Facial recognition capabilities are mainly enabled through new camera technology that's able to create 3D models, which can also be used for other methods of computer control. According to Skaugen, the cameras could track a user's facial expressions and map them to an animated avatar.

Intel's betting big on camera technology able to scan and create 3D models and will create a new 3D camera business. "We are planning to be the number one 3D camera manufacturer," said Skaugen.

Apple itself may be working on similar technology, as in 2013 it acquired PrimeSense, a company that specialized in 3D sensing and scanning techniques. Apple has not yet produced a product taking advantage of PrimeSense technology, but rumors have suggested its gesture-tracking features could be built into the Apple TV.

Just today a rumor coming out of the Asian supply chain suggested Apple's working on a glasses-free 3D display for next year's iPhone, which would go hand in hand with 3D camera technology possibly being developed by former PrimeSense employees.

During the event, Skaugen also commented on the production of Intel's next-generation Broadwell chips, which is said to be ramping up to millions of units. Ultra low power Core M chips are already available, and Intel is prepping to release its main Broadwell chips in 2015.

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68 months ago
"dear customer I'm sorry to tell you our data base has been breached, we are advising all users to change their face and fingerprints as soon as possible"
Rating: 30 Votes
68 months ago
Every evil twin everywhere: "Excellent!"
Rating: 13 Votes
68 months ago
The problem with facial recognition is that it doesn't work in the dark, unless you throw out a flash. I'm not going to be having a camera flash me just to verify who I am.
Rating: 9 Votes
68 months ago
Great, so now there will be no way to keep cops out of our phones.
Rating: 8 Votes
68 months ago

Until someone steaks your face!

I saw that movie....
Rating: 7 Votes
68 months ago
Hi. My Name is Werner Brandes. My Voice is My Passport. Verify Me.
Rating: 6 Votes
68 months ago

Leave it to Intel to come up with name like YAP.

Still better than Facial Analysis Program (FAP)
Rating: 5 Votes
68 months ago
So when the Supreme Court decides that a phone that can be unlocked by a face must be unlocked for police search, what will you do? For fingerprint at least there is the potential of a “middle finger” option to permanently lock/erase the device to prevent unlawful seizure.
Rating: 5 Votes
68 months ago
20 years from now, we'll be watching old TV shows and movies where people refer to 'passwords' and we'll laugh how old it is.

A password is simply a way to trust that someone is who they say they are. But fingerprints, facial recognition, retina scans, etc. are all what SHOULD be happening, not a password. Technology is finally catching up.
Rating: 5 Votes
68 months ago

So how do you train the software after you set it up? Like, I log in fine for months, but then I get in a bad car accident, I want to use my device after I am in the hospital but it doesn't reconize me with the scars onmy face, how do you log in and re-train it? Or is there a fallback password option combined with fingerprint or recovery key or something?

Password backup. Same as if you lost your hand hiding behind the chainsaws instead of getting into the running car.:p:D
Rating: 4 Votes

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