The head was printed on Backface in Birmingham, United Kingdom, where I started in a dome-like studio that contained 50 cameras. Together they combine a single shot that forms a whole 3D image.
The last model took a few days to generate the cost of just over 300 pounds. With that, the author tested it against four Android smartphones and iPhone X. All Android phones tested could unlock the fake 3d print head.
If you’re an Android customer, ignore your screen now. We tested four of the hottest mobile phones running Google’s operating system and Apple’s iPhone to see how easy it would be to break into them. We did it with a 3D-printed head. All Androids opened with the fake. However, Apple’s phone was impenetrable.
The Android phones tested included the LG G7 ThinQ, Samsung S9, Samsung Not 8, and OnePlus 6.
It has been known for a long time that many face recognition features among Android phones have been less secure than Apple’s face ID system. Some of these facial recognition systems have been tricked by simple photographs. Apple’s face ID, however, also contains infrared depths and attention awareness technology. Attention awareness alone can suffice to explain the inability of a static 3D print head to unlock iPhone X. As said, iPhone X’s face ID has been tricked in the past with more sophisticated printed 3D heads.