These third-party cameras let you use Windows Hello on your Windows 10 system
Windows Hello, Microsoft’s biometric sign-in solution on Windows 10, actually works really well. But there’s just one catch – it won’t work with just any webcam and you need a depth-sensing camera like that on the Surface Pro 4 to use it, or an Intel RealSense 3D camera. That changes now with eye-tracking company Tobii’s introduction of Windows Hello support on its standalone cameras, making it easier for you to add support for Windows Hello to your PC.
The Tobii EyeX controller (US$129, approx. RM557) and SteelSeries Sentry Gaming Eye Tracker (US$271, approx. RM1,170) will now let you log in with your face on your Windows 10 PC. This will probably come in handy for desktop users, who will simply be able to mount the Tobii-powered cameras on their monitors.
Of course, these devices do more than enable Windows Hello for you. In the case of the Tobii EyeX controller, it tracks your eye movements and can automatically dim the display when you’re not at your desk.
You’ll need to have installed the November update to Windows 10, or version 1511 (build 10586), to take advantage of Tobii’s support for Windows Hello. Your hardware must also meet the following requirements:
- 2.0GHz quad-core Intel Core i5 or i7 processor
- 8GB of RAM
- USB 3.0 interface
In addition, Tobii will support Windows Hello on its enterprise products as well. It said that Windows Hello would work with its recently-announced IS4 software platform and the Tobii EyeChip – an eye-tracking system-on-a-chip designed for OEMs to integrate in their systems. If all goes well, this might mean that we could see support for Windows Hello on more PCs and notebooks in the future. Goodbye, passwords!