WSJ: Apple Tablet Will Use Facial Recognition to Allow Sharing by Family

apple-invite-0110-smThe official leak and rumor source of Apple, The Wall St. Journal, is running with a bunch of things that the mythic Apple Tablet will offer when it changes the world next week.

Some of the news (virtual keyboard in a slate form factor) isn’t really news as it’s what’s been expected. What may be news is that the Tablet will be able to be shared by the entire family, possibly via facial recognition.

The other list of change the word features include saving the publishing world, viewing TV, taking music to the web via iTunes.com, and gaming will be a key focus.

The countdown continues.

8 Comments

  1. Rob

    01/21/2010 at 6:51 am

    you forgot solving the healthcare crisis

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  2. Warner Crocker

    01/21/2010 at 6:57 am

    Even Apple can’t solve that one.

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  3. cybertactix

    01/21/2010 at 7:06 am

    Facial recognition used as user identification/authentication, another great Apple innovation… only it was done over 10 years ago by HP (http://jkontherun.com/2008/01/08/lenovos-new-fac/).

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  4. cybertactix

    01/21/2010 at 7:07 am

    Ooops my bad, done by IBM over 20 years ago.

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  5. cybertactix

    01/21/2010 at 7:09 am

    Ooops my bad, done by IBM over 10 years ago. (It early, I need more caffiene)

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  6. Warner Crocker

    01/21/2010 at 7:11 am

    @cybertactix, You’re right. But remember anything Apple releases next week will be considered “new” and “innovative.” That’s the way they’ve maneuvered the game and it is astounding that it works.

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  7. Loren Heiny

    01/21/2010 at 8:01 am

    It probably says more about consumer vs business markets. I imagine biz markets would rather have finger print scanners rather than face reco, but consumer/home markets the balance goes the other way. So as a complete guess expect Windows to focus on the former and Apple & Xbox/etc to focus on face reco.

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  8. Loren Heiny

    01/21/2010 at 8:06 am

    By the way Intel has been popularizing video processing for years with its OpenCV library. They weren’t the first, but they have been a leader in getting the technology out to whoever wants to try it. It’s free.

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