Microsoft decided they didn’t wanna follow the crowd
In a world where fingerprint scanners are becoming a standard for smartphone security, Microsoft decided to go in a different direction: an iris scanner.
The way that this works is that beyond the standard front-facing selfie camera, Microsoft has included a secondary camera on both the Lumia 950 and 950XL which works as an eye scanner, coupled with an infrared scanner. When you wake your phone up, the infrared scanner is used to light up your eyes and the eye scanner snaps a photo. The process works fairly well in all lighting conditions, and since it makes use of infrared, you can be sure it’ll even work at night.
While the process is fairly quick, it’s still not quite as fast as a fingerprint scanner. It also doesn’t work every time, and I sometimes find that I either just have to type my pin, or stare awkwardly at my phone for more than a few seconds while it tries to recognize me.
Still, for a beta product, it’s quite an impressive feat, and something I haven’t seen on a smartphone until now. Kudos to Microsoft for thinking outside of the box, and giving me a reason to show off my Lumia.
Thank you AT&T For Giving us the Lumia 950 to trial
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