Apple gives Mac, iPhone, and iPad users a glimpse of the future every few years. Siri, the intelligent assistant comes to mind. As Apple’s new fangled technology trickles down to the Mac we can expect more personalized interaction between Mac and user.
Another example of how the relationship between Mac and user can be enhanced is in the KeyLemon app which gives you an extra layer of security to protect your Mac from hijackers.
Yes, you can log out from your Mac which would require someone to know your password to get back in. Even better is KeyLemon’s facial recognition app. For Macs with built-in iSight cameras (or, FaceTime camera; whatever it’s called these days), KeyLemon can be trained to know your face, recognize your face, and unlock your Mac when you sit before your Mac’s screen.
Also built in to KeyLemon is an option to lock the Mac when you step away from the screen. When you sit back down in front of the Mac, KeyLemon checks your face to match the facial recognition profile, and automatically unlocks your Mac.
You can choose between multiple security levels (facial recognition sensitivity) to avoid someone gaining access to your Mac by using a photo of you. And, like any good Mac app citizen, KeyLemon also captures a photo of who was sitting in front of your Mac, or who typed in an incorrect password.
The facial recognition app is also sensitive to changing light conditions, though you have to create a face model baseline for each lighting condition (home, office, school, etc.).
In all fairness, this is pretty cool stuff. Leave your Mac and it gets locked. Sit back down and it unlocks. What I would also like to see in KeyLemon is an audio greeting, which works alongside an audio alarm or alert.
For example, when you sit down, your Mac could say, “Welcome back, Tera. You’ve been gone five minutes.” Conversely, the Mac could also speak an alert; “Hey, you’re not Tera. Step away from this Mac. An alarm will sound in 30-seconds.”
How cool would that be?