Google is working to implement support for the detection of human presence in Chromebooks, which would allow these devices to be more versatile when working with them, especially if it also included the facial recognition function, something that at the moment it is unknown.
As he could observe 9to5Google and Chromium Gerrit, development of the human presence detection feature is currently in its early stages in Chrome OS, so there will still be a while ahead until this feature can come standard in Chrome OS.
Another step in the maturation of the Chromebook segment
For this function it will also be necessary to use a hardware dedicated. In this regard, Google is already conducting human presence testing using Lattice’s CrossLink NX LIFCL-17 semiconductor, although on the other hand it also uses Antmicro solutions to make the hardware work as far as possible with open source software.
According to the evidence found by 9to5Google, Google is conducting tests with devices that have the code name Zork and Brya, the first being a generic nomenclature for Chromebooks based on AMD technology, while the second specifically targets Chromebooks based on 12th generation Intel Alder Lake processors.
For now, The idea of what this can facilitate can be found on Windows computers, allowing immediate start-up when approaching, and automatic shutdown when moving away from the device, although of course, in the case of Windows it is complemented with Windows Hello for facial recognition that allows the user to identify themselves and start using the device as soon as they open the device. device.
This method could make the use of the fingerprint reader obsolete., and to speculate a bit, it is possible that in the future it may also be common on mobile phones.
For now, as we say, it is a work that is in an early stage of development, and we will have to wait for the advances to be made so that more details of it can be known, especially if it will finally have support for facial recognition , which would add more possibilities, being this aspect the one that charges more logic if what is sought is to equate the access capacities with respect to Windows laptops with Windows Hello.