February 29, 2016 -
Microsoft representatives set up a temporary research station in Seattle this weekend to make 3D infrared scans of volunteers’ faces.
According to a report in Geekwire the goal of the exercise was to help the company test new versions of Windows Hello, the biometric login system for Windows 10, by gathering a wide variety of real-world scans to improve the accuracy of the facial recognition technology.
The report noted: “The process took about five minutes, requiring participants to sit on the other side of a computer, facing a camera array taped to the back, and then move their face and adjust their body in a variety of prescribed motions to capture an accurate scan.”
Earlier this month, Microsoft’s biometric solution partner BIO-key International, Inc. announced the successful completion of a 12-city roadshow with Microsoft, which featured BIO-key’s fingerprint scanners and software solutions as part of the U.S. launch of Windows 10 for Business and Office 2016.