RecognizeMe 2.0 Updated with Full iOS 5 Support, Now Unlocks Your iPhone Using Biometric Facial Recognition [video]
A cydia tweak in May last year brought an amazing piece of development work by a developer called Chris Simpson, who covered the initial release of a tweak known as RecongnizeMe which used the front facing camera on a jailbroken iOS device to provide an extra layer of security before access could be granted to the passcode protected gadget.
RecognizeMe has updated to the version of 2.0 by getting support for iOS 5 devices such as iPhone 4/4S, iPad 1/2, iPod Touch 4G/3G those having front facing camera in-built.
RecognizeMe 1.0 was the first ever Facial Recognition biometric security for iOS. Now, RecognizeMe 2.0 takes it a step further! RecognizeMe works with all iOS devices that have a front facing camera, on iOS 4 or iOS 5. It sits on the lock screen where you enter your password as a neat alternative to use your face as your password! Simply train RecognizeMe’s facial recognition with your face using the included app, then secure your phone with a lock screen passcode, and you’re good to go!
With RecognizeMe 2.0, the developer has attempted to alleviate that problem by substantially improving the tweak. It is available for all devices which feature a front facing camera and is compatible with iOS 5. The default option of accessing the device via a passcode is still available, or as an alternative you can choose to use your own beautiful face as a biometric passcode if you can stand looking at yourself every time you unlock your device. RecognizeMe 2.0 adds an extra icon to your SpringBoard which features a facial recognition training system to let your device get to know your facial features so it can provide the best match possible when it comes to crunch time.
What you get with version 2.0 offering quite a substantial change log:
* Core Image face detection added for devices running iOS 5. This vastly improves detection time which in turns improves overall recognition success rate and speed.
* The addition of new animations to allow the user to actually see how the tweak recognizes your face.
* Drastic speed improvements which was one of the problems with the first version.
* Changes made to the facial recognition algorithm for better matching.
* Improved clarity of incoming camera stream across all devices.
* Added auto start on unlock feature which negates the need to manually select to use the facial detection.
* The obligatory UI changes and amendments.
RecognizeMe 2.0.0-3 is a commercial package and is available in Cydia now on the Big Boss repository at a cost of $2.99.
You will obviously need to jailbreak your device to install this tweak. For jailbreaking iPhone 4S and iPad 2, just follow our complete guide posted here to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 using Absinthe Windows or Mac. For A4 devices you can follow our complete step by step guide posted here to jailbreak iOS 5.0.1 untethered on iPhone 4, 3GS, iPad 1, and iPod touch 3G/4G using Redsn0w or Sn0wbreeze to untether jailbreak on iOS 5.0.1.