14 October 2021
Google Chromebooks have become a good alternative for anyone who is interested in something different from the traditionally used Windows or MacBook devices. They now appear to be getting closer to receiving one more functionality that will make them at par with a modern-age notebook offering. As per 9to5Google, Chromebooks seem to be ready to receive facial recognition support.
The report mentions that Google and Antmicro have collaborated to work on a project named Human Presence Sensor aka HPS. It is pretty much about exactly what the name suggests. It is expected to deliver functionality similar to Windows 10 and Windows 11 Hello features used by a number of users around the world.
The team will make some changes to the UI of Chrome OS. It will add a new eye-shaped icon to the system tray. While its exact purpose is unknown, it seems like the icon will work as an indicator to let users know that the sensor is active. This makes sense considering human presence detection falls into the area of user privacy.
The code references of Google working on the feature suggest that it is getting tested on devices codenamed Zyra and Bork. There have been no official words from the company yet. The possibility of facial recognition coming to Chromebooks is only a speculation for now and we will suggest you not get too excited about it just yet.