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Coronavirus: Masks with your face unlock the mobile

The coronavirus is causing seeing people with masks doing all kinds of day-to-day activities to become a common scene in Asian countries and other territories.

Curious images of many Chinese circulate on social networks who not only wear the mask, but also carry gadgets or homemade suits made by hand with anything to protect themselves from COVID-19.

However, wearing the masks throughout the day makes some everyday tasks a bit more arduous. Obviously, the accessory makes it difficult to eat, smoke or brush your teeth, to name a few.

But, in addition, masks also complicate things when using a smartphone . The reason is that many smartphone models had already included face unlocking as their main security system. When wearing them, this biometric technology does not recognize users. Lowering the mask just to unlock the terminal (which can be done dozens of times a day) is a risk in certain environments.

That’s why product designer, visual artist, and CEO Danielle Baskin has come up with an ingenious idea: What if respirator masks could be created that had the underside of their wearer’s face imprinted on them? So, neither short nor lazy, she has launched a service so that anyone who wants to can print their face on an N95 mask . “This way you can protect people from viral epidemics while still allowing them to be able to unlock their smartphone, ” he explains.

Where they are sold and how much they cost

The service to acquire these personalized masks would be available on the web But how does it work? “After loading your face, we use computational mapping to convert your facial features into an image printed on the surface of N95 surgical masks without distortion,” the page clarifies. “Our printer uses inks made from natural dyes. It is non-toxic and does not affect breathability. You can use your mask for everyday life as a barrier to airborne droplets ”.

These original masks will be priced at about $ 40 per unit when they are marketed. At the moment, they are still in development. However, the creator assures that “we will not manufacture them while there is still a global shortage of masks.” If you are interested in purchasing them, you can leave your email so that they will notify you when they are going to launch them.

In addition to its hypothetical advantages for health and the use of smartphones , the possibility of having masks that replicate the face of users also brings a certain humanity in certain situations. It would be, so to speak, the equivalent of those increasingly popular canvases that include photos of the buildings that are being renovated and those that they cover.

Facial recognition with masks

Some companies are working to make facial recognition systems capable of identifying people even while wearing masks .

This is the case of SenseTime , a Chinese startup focused on artificial intelligence and one of the most economically valued in this field. The startup says it has launched a facial recognition product that can identify people while wearing masks with “high precision.”

Its technology also incorporates thermal imaging cameras to help detect people whose body temperature is higher than normal. By including a mask algorithm, it could also detect those not wearing these accessories in public places and issue alerts.

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