Accessing apps with facial recognition.

fastaccess-anywhereInternet privacy and security are important issues for just about everyone, and although creating strong passwords is a step toward keeping outsiders out of online accounts, they can still be hacked.

Companies like Sensible Vision are aware of this and have taken steps to make users feel safer. FastAccess Anywhere is the company’s newest app, available for Apple products and Androids. It relies on facial recognition technology as a replacement for passwords, logging users into sites and applications by recognizing their faces.

The idea was born out of the acknowledgement that not only is it difficult to remember passwords to various accounts, but also in recognition of how it’s not entirely easy to type in passwords on small touch screens.

In addition to facial recognition, the app also includes a “secret shape” that is chosen by the user, and used as a means of two-step verification. Users of Android devices are able to set permissions for apps of their choice so that privacy in email, banking, and social media is preserved, while gaming is still accessible by other uses the phone or device.

New PayPal system allows users to make in-store purchases more easily

Photo courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph
Photo courtesy of The Sunday Telegraph

Smartphones have been revolutionizing the way we go about our lives bit by bit. And now, your iPhone or Android will soon be standing in for cash and cards if you so choose — at least if you live in Australia.

New technology, unveiled earlier this month by PayPal, allows users to make transactions in select stores without all the fanfare and hassle that can accompany it.

What users do is check into the store, much like one would with a FourSquare application. They are able to place orders and use their PayPal accounts to buy things. Meanwhile, business owners see a notice that shows the name an photo ID of the checked-in customer, in order to verify the security of the application, and protect against the possibility of stolen phones.

What kinds of advantages and disadvantages are associated with this system? How long before it will become commonplace?

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New Toyota car concept makes use of facial recognition

Photo courtesy of Yoshikazu Tsuno

Kinect has been used for a variety of products and inventions since the system first became available to public last year. But would you trust a car that relies on Kinect software to perform many of its basic functions?

That’s exactly what the Smart INSECT (which stands for Information Network Social Electricity City Transporter), Toyota’s newest electric-powered car concept, does. With the use of facial recognition and motion sensors, the car is capable of recognizing its owner, as well as predicting and analyzing movements of the driver. Some examples of this include a greeting message being displayed when the owner approaches the car, as well as doors opening when the driver needs to enter or exit the vehicle. It can also be accessed remotely from a smartphone in order to lock/unlock the doors and begin the air conditioning system.

Would you buy a car like this if it were available?

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Smartphone app designed to alert drivers of dangers on the road

Image courtesy of Carlos S. Pereyra

Researchers at Dartmouth have come out with a new app for smartphones that works to detect dangerous driving behavior, in an effort to make roads safer. An article on NewScientist featured the app, CarSafe, explaining how it uses dual-cameras to watch the actions of both the drivers on the road and the driver of the vehicle it is in.

After mounting it in the vehicle, computer-vision technology works to take real-time information and process it, with the ability to detect if a driver is becoming drowsy or distracted, as well as to see if the vehicle or other vehicles are swerving, crossing over the lanes, or coming too close to other cars.

If any of the above occur, an alarm that is both audible and visible goes off on the phone.

What makes this app particularly unique is the fact that smartphones are not capable of using both cameras at once. However, CarSafe is written so that the two cameras are constantly switching back and forth, analyzing the scenes at a rate of eight frames per second. This does cause a delay in real-time processing, but it’s the closest anything has come to this kind of dual-camera technology, thus far.

Learn more by watching the following video:

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