Luxand Blink

Luxand Blink

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
2.8
out of 58 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    2.0
  • Total Downloads:
    63,788
  • Date Added:
    March 03, 2010
  • File Size:
    19.55MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    35
  • Operating Systems:
    Windows 7 32-bit/Vista 32-bit

Editors' Review

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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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"It's not free."

August 22, 2012  |  By Woody_Shea

 |  Version: Luxand Blink 2.4

Pros

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Cons

it's not free. That's as far as I got. I uninstalled immediately. If it's not a scam on the company's part, then they should change the classification here.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 2.0
  • Improved face recognition quality and speed
  • Login History added
  • Windows Vista and Seven compatibility
  • General
    Publisher Luxand Development
    Publisher web site http://www.luxand.com
    Release Date February 14, 0010
    Date Added March 03, 2010
    Version 2.0
    Category
    Category Security Software
    Subcategory Privacy Software
    Operating Systems
    Operating Systems Windows Vista 32-bit, Windows, Windows 7 32-bit
    Additional Requirements None
    Download Information
    File Size 19.55MB
    File Name LuxandBlinkSetup.exe
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 63,788
    Downloads Last Week 35
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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