I remember when I had Microsoft’s facial recognition shown to be for the first time. It was to log onto Windows on a laptop. It had to take 30-45 seconds while the person tilted and moved their head around in order to get it recognized.
Of course, that was a couple of years ago and I’m sure that the concept is much improved. We’re now starting to see this sort of biometrics recognition in more places. Perhaps even more common than facial recognition is fingerprint recognition to log in.
I’ve had a couple of devices that use fingerprint recognition to log in. I’ve done the tutorials to train the device and tested it. Then I’ll use it to log in and it works smoothly.
Then something bizarre happens. A couple of days later I try again and it doesn’t work immediately. So, I typically move my finger around until I do get it to work. I’ve followed the instructions and added a couple of fingers in case … well, I don’t want to think about it.
Then, it always seems to happen that the device stops recognizing it. Why? Well, I do know that one time it was because I had a cut on the finger or at least that’s my excuse. Another time I was wearing a bandage – should have gone with the alternate finger.
The key, ultimately, is in control. I’ve got to have the control and the stick-to-it-ive-ness to make it work. After all, the reader is a certain size and my finger is definitely bigger and needs to be placed appropriately in order to work.
But, like the facial recognition and getting the finger right, I’m usually in a hurry to log in and just swipe the login pattern or type the code. Or even better, I have my devices in proximity to each other and just log in automatically.
Developers seem to be bent on adding these feature to protect us. From what? Weak passwords, I guess. In the meantime, weak passwords make for some fun like what Saturday Night Live did recently.
If it ever gets running quickly, smoothly, and reliably, it might be our future.
Let’s not lose sight of the fact though that these devices are personal devices and the biometrics logins are easily handled when there might be you and a couple of other users on the device.
I shudder when I think of how it might be seen to roll out to education where students and teachers are using school devices. Where does biometrics fit in there? You’re not guaranteed to be sitting at the same piece of technology time after time. I’ve yet to see a network solution! Maybe there’s an opportunity for a developer here?
How about you?
Do you use this technique to log in to your device(s)? Where do you see it going? Where do you see it going in education?