iCloud Hack? Intel Says its RealSense Technology Answers Security Woes

By Kat Hannaford on at

With Apple CEO Tim Cook acknowledging that last week's celebrity nudepics' leakage was at the hands of compromised iCloud accounts, our eyes are naturally roaming for more secure ways of locking up our data. Speaking to Intel's April Natividad, who manages the global marketing for smartphone and tablets, the onus isn't just on the users to choose complex passwords -- the hardware and software providers need to look at ways beyond the traditional password input.

You might recall reading about Intel's RealSense technology, introduced at CES earlier this year. Offering a taste of that Minority Report-style future we were all promised, it's also Intel's chance of providing users with a more secure way of accessing their devices.

"There are so many ways to fake facial recognition, so we’re looking at that with our RealSense technology. A lot of tech you can just hold up a photo and fool it, but because it uses 3D it can sense the depth of faces. It can also recognise your heartbeat -- there are three cameras that each recognise a different feature," Natividad told us.

Intel partnered with 3DSystems for this technology so full 3D images like you see above can be taken (helping differentiate objects within the photo for neat foreground and background editing), but also, as Natividad said, to avoid the risk of letting a prankster log into an account with a mere photo of the actual account-holder. The possibility of scanning a users' head for easier 3D printing is also rather attractive, though hardly new.

Hardware partners for RealSense include Asus, Acer, Dell, HP and Lenovo.