Move over retinal scans and fingerprints, there's a new body part on the market that's authenticating users who are trying to access computers. The Canadian company Bioscrypt can certainly say "In your face!" to authentication competitors because its 3D DeskCam is an industry first. Check out the news story, "With desktop camera, your face can be your password."
According to the article, "The 3-inch tall, half-inch wide [3D DeskCam] camera uses infrared along with a lens to scan a face in three dimensions and authenticate users accessing computers. The camera uses about 40,000 identification points, looking primarily at a person's forehead, eye sockets, and nose bridge."
Immediately my mind pulls up images of Charlie's Angels and how the tricky treo could create some sort of latex mold that would totally fake out the 3D DeskCam. Coincidentally, the director of product management at Bioscrypt, Ryan Zlockie, claims that the facial-recognition system has passed tests with identical twins and professional face molds. Sorry, Charlie.
I think that the 3D DeskCam is a cool idea, but I'm not sure how eager businesses will be to adopt this technology. As we're given more security options, the choice certainly becomes more difficult. When stacking 3D DeskCam up against the competition, Zlockie says, "3D face recognition is much quicker and you don't have to be as close as with iris scanning. Also, people don't have to touch anything or worry about greasy fingers."
Sonja Thompson started at TechRepublic in October 1999. She is a former Senior Editor at TechRepublic.