January 5, 2015 -
Chip manufacturer Intel has developed True Key, a new app that uses facial recognition to gain access to websites or devices, according to a report by USA Today.
Intel’s True Key was introduced this past weekend at Consumer Electronics Show.
The app is previewing this month with Windows computers and Android phones with facial recognition capabilities, but not on Apple devices.
True Key will solely serve as a password manager for the iPhone and iPad, with facial recognition to be added when the app launches to the general public later this year.
Once downloading the app, users are prompted to register and to take a photo of their face with a smartphone camera or webcam.
The app will then open websites based on their image instead of having to enter in a password.
Though Intel Security VP Mark Hocking said the company’s end goal is to eliminate passwords altogether, he said the app won’t eliminate the need for passwords “but it will make it easier, over time. It will be a long time before they’re (passwords) gone.”
True Key will operate on a “freemium” model, enabling individuals to use the app for up to 15 websites. Users will have to pay $19.95 a year to use the app for more than 15 websites.