With passwords becoming more and more vulnerable in the eyes of security experts, companies are trying to invent new ways to improve the overall security on a device. Today we find bio-metric scanners in modern day smartphones to further enhance protection for the device.
It seems Microsoft has also ramped up its focus on security, as Windows 10 brigs a new feature called Windows Hello. It essentially is compatible with support for fingerprint scanners, 3D cameras mounted with infrared sensors along with other tools that support bio-metric identification that gives a more secure and hassle free sign-in experience.
“We’re working closely with our hardware partners to deliver Windows Hello capable devices that will ship with Windows 10 and we are excited to announce that all OEM systems incorporating the Intel RealSense 3D Camera (F200) will support the facial unlock features of Windows Hello, including automatic sign-in to Windows, and support to unlock “Passport” without the need for a PIN,” said Joe Belfiore back in March when he indicated that Windows Hello would support one camera if it was included in an OEM device.
Intel Real Sense 3D Camera essentially comes mounted with three cameras that include an infrared cam, RGB Color along with a 3D camera. The technology uses the combined prowess of all three to setup and then use facial recognition to log into Windows 10. Interested users can also check out a demo of how Windows Hello works with RealSense camera technology in the source link given below.
Intel, therefore, has published a list of devices that supports the Windows Hello facial recognition feature as its RealSense 3D camera is compatible with this functionality. The list includes devices ranging from laptops to 2-in-1s along with AIOs from a slew of established manufacturers including Dell, HP, Acer, Lenovo and Asus.
The full list of devices includes:
- Dell Inspiron 15 5548
- Acer Aspire V 17 Nitro
- Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 15
- Lenovo ThinkPad E550
- Asus N551JQ
- Asus ROG G771JM
- Asus X751LD
- HP Envy 15t Touch RealSense Laptop
- Lenovo B5030
- Dell Inspiron 23 7000
- HP Sprout
While for users who do not own any of the aforementioned devices, Intel is also offering a standalone RealSense camera selling at $99.99. In the coming future, we can expect more devices being launched that support this functionality.
Meanwhile, with the general availability (GA) of Windows 10 set for July 29, Microsoft launched the latest build 10240 for both members of the fast and slow ring. Following the release, the Internet erupted in speculation that this was indeed the final RTM build, though the company made it rather clear that the build 10240 “is one step closer to what will be rolled out on July 29”. Hence, we can expect a few more updates in the coming weeks before Windows 10 launches.