RealSense depth-sensing technology started as a Kinect-style camera for contactless interaction, but RealSense ID appears to be an attempt by Intel to change the location of its camera business toward secure face recognition across the device first.
RealSense ID uses Intel Depth Sensing Technology with a neural network to identify faces, the system placed within the dedicated chip, and the security element that encrypts and processes user data.
Similar to Apple’s Face ID feature, RealSense ID technology scans your facial features, adapts to users’ faces over time, and can interpret changes in facial hair, determine whether someone wears glasses or face masks, as well as work with a variety of different skin colors. .
The technology is provided via a module that can be integrated with other products or as a separate peripheral device that can be connected to a computer.
Intel’s Depth Sensing technology has been in operation for several years, appearing in technical experimental use cases, such as inserting your face into Fallout 4, and more helpful cases, such as unlocking a laptop with Windows Hello.
Intel suggests that the new solution can be used across a variety of settings, such as: ATMs, records, and smart locks.
Intel says privacy was a priority during the development of RealSense ID, as all processing is done locally and the system is only activated when prompted by the user.
The technology has measures in place to prevent incorrect access attempts using masks, photos or videos, with a one in a million chance that the system improperly grants access to a phishing attack.
The technology works with a wide variety of lighting conditions, as well as validates in less than a second, and according to Intel, works reliably with every skin tone.
Intel has taken steps to address the potential for bias by building a more diverse sample of faces to train the technology on, and has collected extensive data for all ethnicities from Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Intel’s RealSense ID supplement is available for initial order now for $ 99, while the RealSense ID unit is available in a 10-unit package for $ 750, and Intel plans to start shipping in March.