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Windows 8 May Have Kinect-Style Facial Recognition

After the recent leak of the first Windows 8 build, rumors are flying about what the new operating system might have in store. Hackers' latest find is...

Lea Geyser
Lea Geyser on April 22, 2011.

After the recent leak of the first Windows 8 build, rumors are flying about what the new operating system might have in store. Hackers’ latest find is the possibility of a Kinect-style facial recognition technology. They’ve already discovered a sensor API in the OS that detects human presence, and a slide from a leaked deck suggests users will be able to log on and switch users using facial recognition.

The rumor raises some interesting questions about privacy and security. A major concern is that this feature requires the webcam to be on at all times. Others questions include whether holding up a photograph of a person would trigger the recognition software.

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