Intel launches RealSense ID facial recognition technology

According to the latest news, yesterday, Intel has launched RealSense ID, a facial recognition solution that relies on RealSense depth-sensing technology. RealSense started as a Kinect style camera for touch-free interaction but with RealSense ID, it seems, Intel is attempting to reposition its camera business towards a secure, on-device facial recognition technology. RealSense ID uses a neural network for identifying faces. As of now, the technology is available on a module that can be integrated into other products or as a standalone peripheral that can be plugged into a computer.

For several years, Intel’s RealSense technology has been knocking around. It was popping up in odd tech demo use cases like inserting your face into Fallout 4. Intel claims this new application of RealSense could be used in a variety of settings like ATMs, registers, and smart locks.

Last year, facial recognition software created by Huawei was used to track the persecuted Uighur minority in China and in the last summer, in the US, facial recognition technology was used by the New York City Police Department to track a Black Lives Matter activist accused of assault.

Intel launches RealSense ID
Intel launches RealSense ID

It should be noted that even though Intel claims that the RealSense technology processes facial recognition on the device, but it did not reveal how that would work to give you access to a bank’s ATMs or at cash registers. Facial recognition software has been found to be biased for both race and gender opening up the possibility for false-positive cases.

Intel said that it has taken steps to address the potential of bias in RealSense ID by building out a more diverse sample of faces to train RealSense, The company said “We’ve done extensive data collection of all ethnicities from Asia, Europe, Middle East Africa” to VentureBeat at a press briefing. At the event, the company also said RealSense ID has a one in a million chance of falsely identifying someone.

In the virtual CES event of 2021, Intel announced RealSense Touchless Control Software, which uses Intel’s RealSense Depth Camera to allow users to interact with a touchscreen by hovering a finger over it. RealSense ID peripheral is priced at the US $ 99 and it is available for pre-order. RealSense ID Module is available in a pack of 10 for the US $ 750. Intel planned to start shipping both products in March 2021.