'Windows Hello' Facial Recognition: Whether Twins Can Fool It

PHOTO: An undated image from Microsoft shows the Windows Hello interface.Microsoft
An undated image from Microsoft shows the Windows Hello interface. The software company says that the new service will allow users to sign in to their Windows 10 devices using a fingerprint, face or iris recognition.

Windows Hello -- the new facial recognition feature in Windows 10 that allows a user to unlock their computer just by looking at it -- seems to be better at distinguishing faces than even some humans.

The Australian put the system to the ultimate privacy test by seeing if it could distinguish between several sets of identical twins. An account was set up for one twin and then the other was asked to attempt to log on by standing in front of the computer.

The result: Not one wrong twin was given access to the computer, according to the newspaper, suggesting the software was able to maintain privacy even when dealing with identical twins.

The password-killing technology is available to users who have Windows 10 and a compatible camera, such as Intel's RealSense camera, which takes infrared, regular and 3-D views of the person glancing at the computer. Those images are then analyzed by Microsoft's software to determine whether the user standing in front of the computer is its owner.

Amid many high-profile hacks, Windows Hello could be the future of login safety and put an end to passwords. Microsoft said hackers aren't able to steal a user's biometric information -- and in order to even take a crack at it, they'd first have to take a personal's physical device.