Intel debuted its RealSense depth-sensing technology several years ago where it made its way onto devices like laptops. Thanks to the use of an infrared camera and infrared laser projectors, RealSense is capable of depth-sensing to determine the distance between objects and helping to separate the foreground from the background.
In a way, you could almost think of RealSense as Intel’s answer to Microsoft’s Kinect, where users could use it to perform gestures in games and more. Now it seems that Intel has found yet another use for RealSense, and this time in the form of facial recognition where the company is calling it RealSense ID.
This is a new way of using RealSense where its depth sensor, which is paired with a specialized neural network, will help authenticate users by recognizing their faces. Intel envisions that the technology can be used with all kinds of devices, such as smart locks, ATMs, point-of-sale systems, and more.
That being said, we’re not sure when we can expect to see RealSense ID make its way into the real world. The company has not mentioned how or where it might be used, so it could be a while before we see it debut in the real world. The company has also reassured that RealSense ID was developed with privacy in mind, and that all data is processed locally and is also encrypted.