Luxand Blink 2.0
License model Free
Limitations Not available
Windows 7, Windows Me, Windows 98, Windows 2000, Windows Vista, Windows NT, Windows XP
x86 (32-bit) only
Blink and you'll miss it. This free program adds an extra level of security to your computer through your Webcam, associating your face with your username and password so you can start using your computer after a few seconds of looking at your Webcam.
When you install the program, it will offer to run a wizard to help you set it up. The wizard will autodetect your Webcam, and give you a choice if you have more than one. After giving you a screen to click through, which serves to give you more of a chance to compose yourself for the scan, the program takes about 10 seconds to add your image to its database. The publisher Luxand, known for its facial-recognition algorithms, claims that the program is powerful enough to see through minor adjustments to your visage, including eyeglasses, facial hair changes, and even sunglasses. During tests with printed color photos of the reviewer's face, the program wasn't fooled. Blink was, however, able to see through sunglasses in less than 3 seconds, the same amount of time it took to log in an unaltered version of a registered face.
Blink is not the only program that adds an extra level of security to your computer through your Webcam, but it is one of the only free ones. It supports multiple users, creates a log of those who try to access the computer, offers a "learning" convenience setting and a high security setting, and the run at start-up option can be toggled off.
It has one major drawback: it only works on 32-bit computers. Considering that more and more new computers are coming out with Windows 7 x64, the lack of 64-bit support could be fatal sooner rather than later. However, for right now that's a problem that most Windows users probably won't notice. The program also doesn't allow your face to replace Web site log-ins, a logical extension of what it does. Simple in function, Blink is a must-try for its novelty, but you might just wind up keeping it for its effectiveness.
Login to your PC without touching a thing! Luxand Blink! is a free tool to let you log in to your Windows account by simply looking into a webcam - no passwords to type and no fingers to scan. The innovative face recognition technology developed by Luxand recognizes users' faces quickly and reliably, and is able to match the user with an associated account even with different haircuts, beards or mustaches grown or shaved off while completely eliminating false positives. The real innovation implemented in the technology is the ability to recognize registered users no matter what. Different lighting conditions, glasses or contacts, beards grown and shaved off, make-up or dyed hair will not confuse Blink! Based on renowned face recognition technologies developed by Luxand and used by various industries around the world, the new login system greatly simplifies everyday life eliminating the need to touch the PC to log in to it. Using Blink! helps improve computer security at home and in the office, too! The free product can photograph, log and timestamp each user who logs into a PC with their face recognized or otherwise, ensuring that no password has leaked to unauthorized individuals. And if it has, you'll know exactly which password is compromised and who took advantage of it. Face-based biometric identification is the least obtrusive, the fastest and simplest to use. It helps secure workstations in the office, too. No longer will employees have to use yellow stickers to remember their passwords! Face login will complement your corporate security policy just perfectly, providing the benefit of few false negatives and nearly impossible false positive recognitions. Blink! is absolutely free for personal use - download your copy today, and in a week you won't be able to imagine your life before it.
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