Windows 8 To Support Facial Detection, Calls It My PC Knows Me

The confidential document that leaked earlier this week gave us a first glimpse of what we can expect to see in Windows 8. Everton’s last post offered an overview of the features that were mentioned in the leaked document including improvements in power management, boot time and shutdown time.

Microsoft plans to improve sensors in Windows 8, and one specific application was only mentioned incidentally in the article: Proximity sensors.

The document contained a set of screenshots that exemplified how proximity sensors would be implemented in Windows 8.

Microsoft calls the technology My PC Knows Me and it basically means that the PC can use a connected camera to recognize a user and act depending on the user’s position in the room.

The PC can automatically change its state to sleep mode if the user walks away and resume if the user walks to the PC.

Facial recognition will also be used to switch PC users quickly. Being Manan has posted the pages of the document that contained information about the feature, visit his page to see them in action.

The key features as stated in the document are: Proximity detection, facial detection, Rapid “on”, User authentication and login, fast and easy user switching, desktop lock using face detection and proximity detection, fast switch to sleep mode.

Key scenario features and opportunities list presence detection, system wake and lock, user authentication via face recognition, fast desktop switching, fast sleep mode.

Partner opportunities include combined authentication for enhanced security, e.g. face and fingerprint or face and password.

The hardware capabilities are listed with a 17″ to 30″ touch display, DirectX gpu, 5 or more contact points and improved sampling rate for high quality touch experience and HD video.

Sensors used are infrared proximity sensors to use proximity based sleep and wake and ambient light sensor for changing the screen brightness based on the lighting conditions.

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6 Responses to Windows 8 To Support Facial Detection, Calls It My PC Knows Me

  1. Alfredo June 30, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    A lot of this is related with Project-Nathal, I suppose.

  2. stike05 July 8, 2010 at 6:44 am #

    well microsoft are making kenect (project netal) too that is probably why alfredo but good spotting it i didnt notice :).

  3. Cameroon August 21, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    The facial recognition is good but nothing a lot strikes me abt it. Is Microsoft living under a rock in Jupiter to discover that DELL already made a computer with facial recognition? I know they are just looking for a means to take a step ahead and they r sleeping on that one. Concerning tablet PC’s that’ll b interesting. On non-tablets, nothing changes, a pc remains a pc. But all i want to voice here is that they can think of multitasking pc screens in windows 8. How does that sound? By that I mean, a program that divides your desktop screen into more than one half so you can run two applications and see all of them at the same time without any of them minimising when you click anywhere mistakenly. How does that sound like a new innovation? There are lots more of ideas. MICROSOFT should think harder. If they want me to tell them more propositions, they should get me on pay roll (ha ha ha)). Anywqay, let them do their thing.

  4. Anonymous December 30, 2010 at 5:57 am #

    So, in other words, Windows could log you in with just the show of your face?

  5. Anonymous December 30, 2010 at 5:58 am #

    So, in other words, instead of using a password to log you in, Windows could use your face?

  6. Chad January 2, 2011 at 6:56 pm #

    aapple is working reverse phycology… see apple cant corner the windows market from windowsmarket itself with the Mac so it started from the smartphone.. then to tablets now its headin back to the Mac with its phone design os…a blind man can see this strategy ….eeryone has standard desktop designs is the time to change the desktop like you change the phone…. have everyone copyin u instead of you chasing them….its time to wake up microsoft…take back your throne….kineck can be ur new mouse keyboard…:D…someone give me a 2 million dollars so i can compete with these people….

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