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Luxand Blink

CNET Editors' review

Blink and you'll miss it. This free program adds an extra level of security to your computer through your Webcam, associating your face with your username and password so you can start using your computer after a few seconds of looking at your Webcam.

When you install the program, it will offer to run a wizard to help you set it up. The wizard will autodetect your Webcam, and give you a choice if you have more than one. After giving you a screen to click through, which serves to give you more of a chance to compose yourself for the scan, the program takes about 10 seconds to add your image to its database. The publisher Luxand, known for its facial-recognition algorithms, claims that the program is powerful enough to see through minor adjustments to your visage, including eyeglasses, facial hair changes, and even sunglasses. During tests with printed color photos of the reviewer's face, the program wasn't fooled. Blink was, however, able to see through sunglasses in less than 3 seconds, the same amount of time it took to log in an unaltered version of a registered face.

Blink is not the only program that adds an extra level of security to your computer through your Webcam, but it is one of the only free ones. It supports multiple users, creates a log of those who try to access the computer, offers a "learning" convenience setting and a high security setting, and the run at start-up option can be toggled off.

It has one major drawback: it only works on 32-bit computers. Considering that more and more new computers are coming out with Windows 7 x64, the lack of 64-bit support could be fatal sooner rather than later. However, for right now that's a problem that most Windows users probably won't notice. The program also doesn't allow your face to replace Web site log-ins, a logical extension of what it does. Simple in function, Blink is a must-try for its novelty, but you might just wind up keeping it for its effectiveness.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    2.8 stars

    out of 58 votes

    • 5 star: 12
    • 4 star: 15
    • 3 star: 4
    • 2 star: 4
    • 1 star: 23
  • Current version:

    2.8 stars

    out of 28 votes

    • 5 star: 7
    • 4 star: 6
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 3
    • 1 star: 11
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  • 1.0 stars

    "No 64-bit = useless"

    June 30, 2010  |   By ogman

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    Who knows? Since it doesn't work with modern computers, who can tell.

    Cons

    Everything! Developers need to join the 21st century and support 64-bit.

    Summary

    No 64-bit = useless

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  • 4.0 stars

    "it is awesome but still need some work"

    May 20, 2010  |   By cyriac1

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    accurate and nice

    Cons

    need some improvement of face recognition

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  • 5.0 stars

    "I haven't tried this software"

    May 18, 2010  |   By Jack-Bxp

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    I was just reading comments about people being annoyed because cnet are advertising the program for Windows 98/Me/2000/XP - On the Luxand Blink website it clearly says it's for Vista and Windows 7 ONLY, cnet should correct this...

    Cons

    N/A - If you can't test a program because of incompatability, you shouldn't give it a low rating in my opinion. A lot of people don't read all the comments to know why a program is rated poorly.

    Summary

    From Luxand Blink website - "Luxand Blink! 2.0, released on 02/09/2010 - File size: 8.3 MB - Supported OS: Windows Vista and Seven 32bit only"

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Vista only!"

    May 18, 2010  |   By templink

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    unable to install

    Cons

    Will not install on Windows XP!

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  • 2.0 stars

    "Whats the point of it?"

    May 17, 2010  |   By daviddreghorn

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    Nice idea and it works prity quick

    Cons

    it is no more secure than my password.

    Summary

    This is a nice idea, but I have to wonder why bother if it is no more secure than my password. To give it a test I coverd my webcam and then selected my normal login and simply logged in.

    Whilst it might save typing a few words, I can see no added security benifit

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what it saids, but a bit slow."

    May 15, 2010  |   By nathancool

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    It did better than i thought it would, it recognizes the face in about 2 seconds and is easy to use.

    Cons

    It takes ages loading up, it is quicker just typing my password then waiting for it to boot up. Even when you have hibernated it, or even locked it, it takes about 60 seconds to get the program running.

    Summary

    It did better than i thought it would, it recognizes the face in about 2 seconds and is easy to use, it has changed the way i log on, however, it is slow, It takes ages loading up, it is quicker just typing my password then waiting for it to boot up. Even when you have hibernated it, or even locked it, it takes about 60 seconds to get the program running. Therefore, i rate this 4 stars, it is a good program, but one thing they could work on is the speed it takes to load.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "formidable"

    May 14, 2010  |   By grisou07

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    facile a installer et aussi d'utilisation

    Cons

    rien ce produit est sensas

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Pig in a Poke"

    May 14, 2010  |   By DrTrocar

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    ZERO, stop billing this for any other operating systems other than VISTA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    This will NOT download, nor install with anything other than Windows problem child, VISTA!! ALL software download websites are misleading their customers.

    Summary

    Even on their homesite Luxand will not download on anything other than Vista, period. But they tell you only "VISTA. ALL download sites including CNET, Tucows, Softpedia and Brother FAIL to inform of this. This gets rave reviews and is FALSELY billed for working on other Windows operating systems. VISTA ONLY, repeat, VISTA ONLY.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "best "download now" no software better than this"

    May 14, 2010  |   By adarshmadrecha

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    all things mentioned in description r true

    Cons

    no cons at all, i tried in vista

    Summary

    very good

    thank you for such a good and free software

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  • 3.0 stars

    "I had installed Blink for testing purpose"

    May 12, 2010  |   By rinku_litu

    Version: Luxand Blink 2.0

    Pros

    But it failed to attract me because it took other two faces of my friend's. I had not authorized their faces on my computer. And this is weird.

    Cons

    I love this application for its simplicity,speed,light weight.

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