Coronavirus is spreading beyond health and technology, as face masks prevent people from unlocking their phones, a “face ID compatible respirator mask” may just be the cure for your technical problem.
While face masks do not immunize anyone from coronavirus infection, COVID-95, prevents the spread of germs.
Idea Face ID Mask to unlock smartphone
But the downside is that face masks prevent unlocking smartphones using Face ID, which is how the novelty idea of printing your face on an N95 mask emerged.
Dialup.com’s San Francisco CEO, product designer, situation designer and visual artist Danielle Baskin launched the idea on Twitter.
“[I] created this service that prints your face on an N95 mask, so you can protect people from viral epidemics while being able to unlock the phone, “said Baskin chirping.
Getting a risk at rest The face mask is simple, just upload an image, align it on the mask preview and the company prints the face on the face mask. It allows you to unlock your device and be recognizable.
Basking told KGO that “he didn’t expect this to become a product that many people would like to order.”
“Face ID” stimulates conversation worldwide
But within hours of posting the idea on Twitter, the post was retweeted thousands of times, retailers wrote about it, and people had mixed answers. Some love it, others hate it.
And although the Resting Risk Face is just an idea, there are over 50,000 hits on the Face-ID mask and hundreds are looking to buy, according to KGO.
The basking is gaining interest from the people of Shenzen in China and an email requesting 10,000 units.
Face ID 3D mapping will not recognize you
The idea is new, but Apple uses 3D facial unlocking technology that maps the 3D layout of the facial features. Google also uses 3D facial recognition on Android.
And despite Apple’s face ID adapting to changes in your appearance, such as facial hair, makeup, sunglasses, it won’t identify you if you cover an important part of your face.
Although this can be circumvented by adding a second face to the phone with the mask active, it should work in theory, but it does thwart the purpose.
Chief Technology Officer and Chief Scientist, Kennedy and Labhesh Patel, of online identity verification company Jumio, told Digital Trends that facial recognition must be passed for the mask to work.
“The only way it would work to unlock the phone while wearing a mask was if your Face ID software was really bad.”
Worldwide shortage of masks
Basking told KGO that there is a practical use of the mask in professionals and medical patients.
“Dentists, the people who work in hospitals, say that children are confused when they wake up from surgery and see their faces covered,” Basking said.
But Baskin said he wants to be ethnically responsible and doesn’t want to create the object during the shortage.
His website says he “won’t make them while there is still a global shortage of masks.”
For the moment there is no launch date and the email waiting list will be notified once the article is ready.