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  • Lip-reading computers unlock with a word
    Read my lips. We might log on to future computers simply by having them watch our mouths as we speak, because the way our lips move can identify us, akin to a fingerprint.

    Ahmad Hassanat at the University of Mu'tah in Jordan trained software to look for patterns of lip and mouth movements associated with different words as people spoke to a camera – how much of the teeth were showing in any given video frame, for example. From mouth movements alone, the system correctly identified the words being said nearly 80% of the time.

    Hassanat also found that every person moved their lips a little differently when they spoke. While this meant the lip-reading accuracy level is too low to be useful yet, it could mean that one day a 'visual password' could work as a form of biometric security.

    Even the best actor would find it impossible to exactly duplicate someone else's lip movements, Hassanat claims.

    New Scientist    October 02, 2014