Researchers at Sony are working on a front-facing camera, which will use 3D face recognition to allow the user to enter their phone by posing for a selfie.
The software has been developed by KeyLemon and SoftKinetic, both of which are owned by Sony.
Gilles Florey, CEO of KeyLemon, said: "3D face recognition has been anticipated on mobile for many years, and the recent reports of 3D mobile cameras moving into mainstream production have only heightened the anticipation. With SoftKinetic's DepthSense technology, KeyLemon 3D face recognition capability can now be demonstrated under real-life conditions."
The new software is set to get its debut at MWC Shanghai, which is taking place this week at Shanghai New International Expo Centre, China.
It comes after it was revealed vending machines could soon be able to recognise a person's face as a team of developers started work on a vending machine with built-in facial recognition.
Writing on their website, InnovaPOS shared: "We turn traditional vending machines into Smart Vending Machines by creating digital and interactive media that, in addition to selling, enable brands to communicate and interact with their consumers, giving them a true brand experience.
"Smart Vending enables brands to connect with their customers through a wide range of unique experiences, displayed at the right time so that they influence purchasing behaviour and improve machine operation by generating leads and increasing sales and consumer loyalty.
"Our revolutionary and unique CCM device on the market 'takes over' the functionalities of the machine by connecting directly to the baseplate of the same and any peripheral or connected systems such as touch screens, remote PCs or smartphones becomes a means to interact with the machine."