Alright, here’s a jailbreak tweak that should stir things up: your iPhone 4, iPod touch 4G, and iPad 2 will soon be able to scan the facial features of its owner, and then unlock the device. The tweak acts as a customizable security feature. Straight out of an action movie? Maybe.
RecognizeMe, from the creator of 3DBoard (another jailbreak tweak available on Cydia), features the ability to photograph, scan, and then recognize your facial features. It includes a few options, ranging from “Not Secure” to “Very Secure,” which should adjust the level of specificity required to gain admittance to the springboard of the iDevice.
Currently, it gives you the option to simply enter the passcode like normal, or to unlock the device by using RecognizeMe. The developer, Apoc269, describes it as the following:
RecognizeMe is the first Facial Recognition security for the iPhone. Although not perfect, RecognizeMe does a pretty good job at facial recognition, given optimal conditions. RecognizeMe sits on the iPhone passcode screen, so it serves as an alternate to, rather than a replacement for the passcode.
He is quick to point out that it isn’t perfect. One of the largest drawbacks is that it is somewhat slow; that may just be because it hasn’t been fully optimized yet, or because there is a screen recording app running in the background. Hopefully, since this is only the first version, it will improve enough to serve as a replacement, rather than an alternative, to the traditional passcode lock. However, judging from the past, Apple might just buy this little app and its developer up, perfect it, and implement it before he’s even able to finish optimizing it himself.
This should be available for all jailbreakers with devices that have front facing cameras in Cydia soon!