Windows 10 Facial Recognition Can Tell Twins Apart

Twin sisters playing together. (PHOTO CREDIT: Hero Images/Corbis)
Twin sisters playing together. (PHOTO CREDIT: Hero Images/Corbis)

You might be able to fool the babysitter with the classic twin-switch trick, but you can’t fool a new Windows computer.

One of the standout features of Microsoft’s new Windows 10 operating system is the ability to log in with a look. Microsoft Hello harnesses the 3D scanning capabilities of Intel’s RealSense camera (also being employed in interactive gesture-controlled smart mirrors and vending machines) to record your face as part of your login credentials so you can unlock your computer by just flashing your mug.

Chris Griffith, a technology writer for The Australian, said the feature worked brilliantly for him when he tested it on a Lenovo laptop. But he wanted to see if he could trip up Hello by presenting it with pairs of identical twins.

Using the national twin registry, he recruited six sets of identical twins and had one of each pair set up an account on a ThinkPad. The account holder would go through the full face recognition process, including taking pictures both with and without glasses. Then, the other twin would try to login as his or her sibling.

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SOURCE: CBS News, Amanda Schupak