What does Apple’s acquisition of this AI startup mean for the iPhone?

Posted: 21 February 2017 | By Darcie Thompson-Fields

Apple has bought Israel-based cyber security and machine learning startup RealFace for an estimated $2 million.

RealFace’s technology uses artificial intelligence to fully integrate facial recognition technology. Its software provides “frictionless face recognition” directly on a moderately low-powered device like an iPhone.  According to the company, it aims to “offer customers a smart biometric log-in solution” for mobile use

Recent rumours have claimed that the iPhone 8 and possibly other 2017 iPhone models will come equipped with a face scanning utility powered by a laser 3d scanner, not aimed at augmented reality application. Apple will reportedly ditch its fingerprint unlocking system and facial recognition could make for a practical security replacement,

RealFace’s technology has other potential uses such as augmented reality and virtual reality headsets, clothing sizing, accurate distance measurements for home improvement, scanning for 3D printing, appliance and HomeKit integration, and other applications needing precise volumetric scans, or range-finding.

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