Intel unveils tech for secure face authentication at ATMs, kiosks

Intel said its RealSense ID provides on-device solution combining active depth sensor with a specialised neural network designed to deliver secure, accurate and user-aware facial authentication.

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Intel has launched a new facial recognition camera system aimed at bringing safe Face ID biometric system to ATMs, kiosks and smart locks.

Intel said its RealSense ID provides on-device solution combining active depth sensor with a specialised neural network designed to deliver secure, accurate and user-aware facial authentication.

RealSense offers depth and tracking technologies used in autonomous drones, robots, AR/VR, and smart home devices.

Intel said RealSense ID adapts to users over time as they change physical features, such as facial hair and glasses. Real Sense ID system works in different lighting conditions for people with a wide range of heights or

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Nanoleaf announces Thread smart home tech will be inside all it

(Pocket-lint) – Smart lighting specialist Nanoleaf has announced it is going to integrate smart home protocol Thread into all its future products.

Thread enables devices to connect up in a mesh network even where Wi-Fi is poor – it’s backed by Apple, Google and Amazon among other companies. The recent Apple HomePod mini supports it in addition to Google Nest Wi-Fi devices and the Google Nest Hub Max. The Eve Energy and Eve Door and Window devices also support it. Many more devices are expected to support the standard in 2021. 

Because Thread is a mesh system, it isn’t reliant on a central hub like a Zigbee or Wi-Fi network for example, while it has super-low latency, Range is a key benefit, meaning you can have smart home devices outside of the range of your Wi-Fi network. 

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Nanoleaf announced its Essentials range back in November and, while both those

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CES 2021: New Kohler bathtub brings forest bathing to your bathroom with scent, fog, and mood lighting

Innate Intelligent Toilet and Touchless Bathroom Faucet collection join the company’s smart home product portfolio.

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This Stillness Tub draws its inspiration from Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Water, light, fog and aromas converge to create an immersive journey of the senses designed to relax the mind, soothe the body, and renew the spirit.

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Kohler wants lower stress levels for homeowners in every room of the house with four new products announced as part of CES 2021. Customers can monitor their plumbing for leaks, install touchless bathroom faucets to reduce the spread of germs, install an intuitive toilet, and get away from it all in a new bathtub that recreates the spa experience. The company said in a press release that these additions to its smart home portfolio will “create more moments of wellbeing.”

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Konka expands from budget smart TVs to basic smart home products

The burgeoning smart home market needs to make room for another budget player: Konka is expanding from inexpensive 4K smart TVs to a relatively full line of smart home products.

The company hasn’t announced any prices yet, but we’re guessing its video doorbell, security camera, and smart lighting products will come in at the lower end of the spectrum. “Our [price strategy] will be the same as our televisions,” Konka North America senior vice president of marketing Scott Ramirez told TechHive. “We’re in that middle range.”

We were relatively impressed with the price-to-performance ratio of Konka’s U5-series smart TV, so we’re cautiously optimistic about its new product line. The smart home devices Konka announced at CES connect over Wi-Fi and support both Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa support. The company is also courting smart home enthusiasts by building in compatibility with IFTTT. Buyers will use the

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