Google pays you $ 5 to scan your face: report

Google could be improving its facial recognition system in Pixels thanks to the contribution of citizens.

Angela Lang / CNET

Google is working hard to improve the facial recognition system of its Pixel phones.

According to a report from ZDNet, the company's engineers have been offering gift cards worth US $ 5 redeemable at Amazon or Starbucks to citizens who were walking through New York, in exchange for scanning their face.

According to the source (sister site of CNET and CNET in Spanish), Google is testing a new facial recognition system in several US cities and for this it needs to collect this type of information.

The author of the report reports that an acquaintance of his was intercepted by one of these Google engineers, who said something like "Hello, I work for Google and we are collecting data to improve the next generation of unlocking phones with facial recognition."

The Google worker asked him to hold a cell phone covered with a large case to prevent his design from being seen and to move his face in several directions when viewed on the screen.

This mysterious cell phone could be the future Pixel 4 of which rumors have not stopped raining lately.

In addition to facial recognition, previous reports indicate that both the Pixel 4 and the Pixel 4 XL can count on gesture recognition technology which will allow you to control them with the movement of your hands in front of the screen.

At the moment they are all rumors and leaks, so we have to wait until October, the month in which Google is expected to present the Pixel 4 and maybe even a smart watch.

Editor's Note:This article was originally published on July 23, 2019.

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