Nearly 20% of Smartphones will have facial recognition capability by end of 2012

At least 20 percent of new smartphones manufactured will have facial recognition software installed by the end of this year, according to a study.

The research carried out by ABI Research, a leading technology research firm, says that currently, phones and tabs running on Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean mobile operating systems, can support the technology.

“It was developed in the 1960s by three scientists: Woody Bledsoe, Helen Chan Wolf, and Charles Bisson,” the report by ABI said.

“Historically, the major challenge for the technology in mobile devices has been incorporating an accurate enough sensor (camera) and a powerful enough processor to undertake the complex algorithms while limiting power consumption. Thanks to major technology advancements, this has changed,” ABI recounted.

Facial recognition capability is popular today, especially on the Web. Recently, Facebook acquired Face.com, a facial recognition software company.

“Facial recognition technology has improved drastically over the last 10 years and accuracy is almost always above 90 percent,” says ABI Research senior analyst Josh Flood.

“That said, lighting conditions and facial expressions can sometimes cause problems with the recognition. However, the improvements in camera resolution and processing power utilized by mobile devices have helped greatly,” he added.

ABI Research says that even Smart TVs will soon incorporate facial recognition capabilities. In mid July this year, the research company also reported that by 2017 over 600 million phones will have human gesture recognition.

Samsung Galaxy S3 and the iPhone 4S are two smartphones that are quickly leading the way to integrate human gesture recognition and facial recognition.

Voice and handwriting recognition are now quite common within most smartphones and tablets. IPhone’s voice search, Siri made huge waves across the world followed by S-Voice for the Samsung Galaxy S3.

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