Layout of Huawei's future facial recognition technology

Pretend surprise: Huawei is already working on a system similar – or, according to itself, 10x superior – to Face ID

Let us not try to cover the sun with a sieve.

In recent years, the rule that we have seen in the vast and frightening world of smartphones is the following: some manufacturer in the Android world comes up with an interesting feature – sometimes completely ready, others still needing some adjustments. The other manufacturers of the robot, then, follow the pioneer and put the resource in their products. Finally, Apple is the last to follow the trend. So it was with water resistance, with screens larger than 4 inches, with digital readers and a multitude of ideas.

Now, however, we see a reverse situation: Apple was the first to introduce a feature that was basically unprecedented in the world, and we are seeing other manufacturers running behind to catch up with Cupertino engineers – I mean, of course, TrueDepth camera and the facial recognition system of the Face ID. And as for him, well, if the Huawei is serious about its short-term plans, it looks like the Chinese giant will be the first to keep Apple company on complex facial recognition technologies.

The company took advantage of the end of its most recent keynote, in which it presented the Honor V10, to show a small preview of the new technology they are working on. The Chinese superpowered front camera uses, as in the case of Apple, an infrared dot projector and a sensor that recognizes the depth of these points, creating a facial map used to recognize the owner of the device and even, when necessary, to track their expressions.

Layout of Huawei's future facial recognition technology

According to Huawei, however, its technology is even superior to that of Apple because it manages to create a map with 300,000 individual points on a given face, 10 times more than the Apple solution, in just 10 seconds. With this, the system would, in theory, be even more secure than Cupertino’s and could be used for all aspects expected from a biometric system, such as payments and unlocking the device.

Huawei, of course, could not stand it and also presented the preview of a feature extremely similar to the infamous Animojis, with the small additional of recognizing also when the user sticks out his tongue. Yeah, it seems to me that the race will be quite fierce.

It remains to be seen, however, which will be the first Huawei device to receive the new super-smart camera. Whereas China’s latest flagship, the Kill 10, was introduced less than two months ago, it is very likely that we still have to wait about a year to see her technology in action in the real world.

via Cult of Mac