Chinavision Face Recognition Door Lock

The Chinavision face recognition door lock is a time attendance system and access door lock. The device recognizes faces in 3 dimensions using an internal dual sensor and dual camera. It has night vision, a touch keypad, USB and Ethernet ports.


( Chinavision face recognition door lock )

The Chinavision face recognition door lock is "beautifully designed to compliment any imaginable decor", which makes it perfect for science-fictional contexts of all kinds.

For example, I think Jabba the Hutt had something like this. When visitors come to the forbidding gates in the middle of the desert waste, they are met at the door.


(Threepio and Artoo regarded by gate control)

An early sfnal use of this idea was introduced by Philip K. Dick in his 1953 story Colony; check out the robot door:

They came to Captain Taylor's offices. One of the guards rang the buzzer. "Who is it?" the robot door demanded shrilly.

"Commander Morrison orders this man put under the Captain's care."

...The robot's relay's clicked while it made up its mind. "The commander sent you?"

"Yes. Open up."

"You may enter," the robot conceded finally. It drew its locks back, releasing the door.

In Dick's 1965 story The Zap Gun, one of his characters improves security with a cephalic pattern door (much harder to duplicate than a face):

The doors of Mr. Lars, Incorporated, shut, tuned as they were to his own cephalic pattern.
(Read more about Dick's cephalic pattern door)

The "cephalic pattern" refers to the unique patterns revealed in the electrical signals of a person's brain. Dick was fascinated by this idea; see also his Cephalochromoscope (Cephscope), a fun consumer device.

Update: In their 1931 novel Exiles of the Moon, the Golden Age team of Schachner and Zagat describe a selective electric eye.

But the selective beam of the electric eye refused to swing open the portal. Already the orders of the master of the house had barred the door against her. The actuating mechanism that should have operated by the imprint of her image on the telephoto cell, remained dead.

End update.

From Chinavision via Dvice.

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