Well, sort of. It did recognize the face but unfortunately it was a picture of the face on a phone.
Again, we have some not-so-great press for facial recognition. And sadly, this will only help confuse more potential customers of biometrics about the difference between identification products and authentication products...
From a Computer Shopper review…
”Lenovo's VeriFace application uses your laptop's webcam to automatically unlock your computer when your face is in front of it. Well, that's the theory. When we tested it, we found that a photo of the laptop's owner worked just as well.
Taking a picture on an HTC Hero and waving the phone's screen in front of our G550 laptop's webcam caused the system to unlock. All it required was a judicious bit of phone waving to minimize reflections. There seems to be no built-in mechanism to tell a live face from a photo of one.
The other problem with the system is that while it's running and hunting for a face it's hammering the computer's hard disk, as we could tell from the drive activity light. That's not something we like to see on a laptop, particularly when it's running on battery power.
It's a nice idea in theory, but the poor security it offers means that we'd rather stick with entering a password or using a fingerprint scanner.”