Windows 8 is expected to have an Android like pattern logon screen where users can set a password based on user patterns. That can turn worth while on touch screen devices and get rid of the boring text passwords. That being said Windows 7 users don’t have anything cool to boast about at least when at logon screen. Neither do we have pattern logon or facial recognition screen in stock OS. While pattern logon may hit Windows 7 in the form of third-party app soon (Developers! Developers!) here is a free facial recognition software add-on.
Blink by Luxand is a free facial recognition tool for Windows that lets users associate face with username and password. Blink! can recognize users face from computer or laptop webcam quickly and match it with images in database. This tool is both accurate and reliable as it comes from Luxard labs who is quite famous for developing face recognition services. As far as security is concerned an anonymous or third-party user can’t fool around and gain access as Blink! effectively eliminates false positives.
Once after downloading and installing Blink! on Windows Vista or Windows 7 you can enable facial recognition to scan your face. The saved face image will be associated with your user account name and password. Now when you logout, restart or lock your Windows screen, Blink! will be active and ready to capture the users face via webcam. Successful face match will let user gain access to their account. Blink! is available for Windows 7 and Vista (32-bit and 64-bit).
This tool can be used as a free alternative to the commercially available “Fast Access” face recognition software that comes installed on many Dell laptops. Unlike Blink!, Fast Access being a premium product is feature rich.