HOW TO GET SOME FACE TIME WITH YOUR PC
NEVER MIND RETINA SCANS, fingererprint analysis, or voice recognition. What's the latest in security systems for personal computers? Your face. Thanks to Intel Corp.'s powerful Pentium chips and falling prices of digital cameras, Visionics Corp. of Jersey City, N.J., has developed PC FaceIt, a consumer version of the image-recognition systems it sells to the Justice Dept. and the National Security Agency.
How does PC FaceIt work? With a camera attached to your PC, the program records a picture of your face. When you turn on your desktop computer, the camera's image-recognition software sends the picture to the PC, where a pixel-by-pixel comparison is done. If your mug is recognized, the PC allows you access to your computer. Have to leave your desk? If the camera doesn't see you, it locks down the machine until you return. PC FaceIt costs $149.95 and works on any PC with a 166-Mhz Pentium and 16 megabytes of memory. A digital camera, about $200, is not included. Smile--your PC may be watching.
EDITED BY PETER ELSTROM
Updated Nov. 20, 1997 by bwwebmaster
Copyright 1997, Bloomberg L.P.