The current buzz in the technology world is the much-awaited launch of Samsung’s Galaxy 8 on March 29 in New York. The Indian markets may see the phone a little later, but the build up to the event is already palpable. As it happens with most of the top companies, there are lots of rumours on the features and other aspects of these gadgets floating around for weeks on end. There are dedicated fans of these companies who evince a lot of interest and follow these postings as well. One such item being mentioned about the new flagships (Galaxy 8 and 8+) from the Korean giant relates to an added security feature, through facial recognition software.
Iris Scanner Already Exists
For the technologists, the thing of interest is when there is the iris scanner already available as a security feature, what is the need for the facial recognition security as well. According to this recent post, the iris scanner might pose certain issues. In particular, it could be slow to function and that is the reason behind Samsung adding this extra security to its newly launched phones. The write up goes on to mention that the phone will take just 0.01 seconds or even less, to unlock the screen.
Facial Recognition software used in medical diagnostics
It is interesting to learn that the facial recognition software being incorporated by Samsung in its smartphones is actually being employed for some important medical diagnostic purposes. According to this report from Washington, the same technology is helping in the detection of some rare genetic disorders.
The report indicates that conditions like cleft palate and learning problems, which may escape detection through other conventional diagnosis, can be pinpointed through this software. The disease, caused due to genetic factors is known by several names, among them; 22q11.2 deletion syndrome or DiGeorge syndrome and according to the above-cited report can be found in one among 6000 children. Some of the symptoms associated with this rare condition, also include facial appearances of the affected persons. This is what the experts want to detect through the use of this facial recognition software. Timely detection and treatment can be of great help to the parents of the affected persons.
Linking the two to benefit the society
The most critical part of this path-breaking technology is that the smartphone can be linked to the medical field. A lot of research it appears has already been conducted and the results have shown that the technology is indeed reliable in the detection of not only this disorder, but even conditions like Down syndrome. Now, to link this with the smartphone should be simple; the affected person’s image could be recorded, analysed and then the results obtained.
This might not be happening right now; after all the Galaxy 8 launch itself is yet to happen. But it seems the possibilities become endless when explored and such seamless integration of technologies across different segments ultimately makes life better for the public at large.