Sorry guys! I just wanted to fangirl and discuss a little bit about Apple’s new launch. Okay, I know, I know, everyone is talking about it. There are a few things worth talking about, but I’d like to focus on one of their new features called Face ID.
Okay, does anyone remember the Kinect? I do. I hated that thing so much that I didn’t even use it. Neither did any of my brothers. It was cool in theory, but it just…did not work as well as it promised. That was a few years ago, and it looks like Apple decided to revive that and try again, because they destroyed the home button, so if you get an iPhone X you’ll log in with your face. A scan of your face.
Some conspiracy theorists are saying that this is a ploy so that Apple can get all of our data and our bio data and our information, but, I mean… Kinect did do the facial recognition thing too. How do you guys feel about that? A lot of people are complaining and saying it isn’t exactly innovative and actually kind of creepy, but honestly, I think it’s really cool! Unfortunately, it’s way out of my budget–at $1000 it’s almost as expensive as a MacBook.
Essentially, the tech is the same–in the Kinect, depth sensors built a model of the user’s face to create a digital sketch of the user. The cool thing is that whereas the Kinect is massive, the Apple made facial recognition possible in just…2 centimeters. Or so. I’m not sure if this new technology is worth 1 grand, especially since there are no applications yet. But this is where game devs come in.
We all know mobile gaming has steadily become more and more amazing. There have been some gorgeous, interesting games released on mobile (Warhammer and Mobile Legends and PAD, anyone?), and it’s reasonable to expect that in the future if more and more people switch to iPhone X, developers will start including features that make use of those sensors and a Face ID. It would be cool if we could just scan our face and create an in-game avatar! Or something like that. You guys are probably much more creative than me. What are some ideas you have for facial recognition in games?
The funny thing about the launch was that on the first try the facial recognition didn’t actually work. I think that was because it had just restarted and someone had to input a password first before starting facial recognition, but it definitely threw a huge wrench into the launch. That awkward silence was definitely not pleasant!
I liked the wireless charging option, especially since I am notorious for breaking cables. Since they’re kind of pricey, I actually kind of lose a lot of money each year trying to replace my broken, frayed wires–this in spite of the fact that I use cable protectors! Now, this is all theoretical since I’m not actually going to be upgrading my little iPhone 5S, but I guess in two years or three, I’ll finally be able to reap the benefits!
Some skeptics still aren’t buying the whole facial recognition. And that makes a lot of sense, considering we’ve already tried it once. That first time around wasn’t so amazing or impressive. But it’s 2017, and if we can 3d print human organs, we should be able to create some really cool things with facial recognition capabilities! In a way, I kind of feel sorry for the Kinect–maybe Microsoft was just a few years too early. I think that ultimately, the future of the iPhone and Apple will depend on how successful a Face ID is. If it’s successful enough that people are buying it in hordes, I can imagine other phone developers will want to jump on the bandwagon. And that raises more questions–what kind of world will that be? Will we one day be able to unlock our front doors simply by smiling into the mailbox? (Okay, that would be kind of cool). Or maybe we could start our car by looking into the wheel? It’s interesting to speculate on the future of technology, and a little bit frightening thinking about how we’re going to have to balance user privacy. Where is the line? I think that’s the question that’s the most important after this launch.
So, what are you guys thinking?
Honestly, I feel like it’s a bit overpriced for a simple phone and I honestly wouldn’t spend a grand on it even if I had the money too. But I like where the conversation is going.
What are your thoughts on this?