June is Consumer Biometrics Month at FindBiometrics, during which we are placing a featured focus on the everyday biometry shaping lives, locking doors, and protecting accounts. To kick things off right we have compiled a primer to bring you up to speed on some of the major themes we will be examining in our coverage over the coming weeks.
The entire conversation of consumer biometrics starts with the modern smartphone. It’s easy to forget, now that biometrics are on the verge of smartphone ubiquity, that the introduction of Touch ID on the iPhone was met with controversy in the media, born out of a popular association between the technology and criminal records. It didn’t take long for negative buzz to die down, however, and the smartphone quickly became the mainstream connection point between consumers and biometric technology.
Today, smartphones connect everyday users to a variety of biometric modalities, from face, voice, iris and fingerprint, to various types of vein-recognition, and more. The following articles provide an overview of the current state of the biometric smartphone market, which remains the primary delivery-point for consumer biometrics tech.
Now that biometrics have been demystified by popular mobile deployments and applications, and innovations have made the technology more available and accessible than ever before, strong authentication is becoming utilitarian. A new wave of consumer-facing biometric access control came out of CES at the start of this year, and now biometric locks are becoming a reality. The following posts highlight fingerprint-protected padlocks and bicycle locks that represent the first steps toward wide-scale biometric physical access for consumers.
While biometrics are being built into new consumer devices on a near-weekly basis, many PCs and laptops still don’t come with embedded sensors, despite the biometric support offered by modern operating systems like Windows 10. Thankfully for consumers looking to upgrade their personal convenience and security, many of the same innovations that led to the mobile revolution have also brought plug-n-play USB fingerprint sensors to the market.
While wearable tech still hasn’t caught on with the mainstream fervor many expected when Apple, Samsung, and their rivals launched the first generation of modern smartwatches, biometrics are a key aspect of high tech wristbands, and even earbuds. Primarily, in the wearable space, biometric technology is deployed in a fitness tracking capacity, measuring a user’s heart rate. But increasingly we are seeing innovations in the wearable tech arena that leverage biometrics for authentication purposes. The following links will help illustrate the many ways biometrics are used in consumer accessories that measure your uniqueness and track your vital signs.
Artificial Intelligence his turning from novelty to consumer necessity thanks to the competition between Amazon, Microsoft, Google, and Apple, and the primary user interface method is biometric. Voice-powered AI assistants like Amazon Alexa don’t just do what you tell them, but are becoming more astute at recognizing who you are thanks to speaker recognition and machine vision technology. The following articles offer a glimpse into the increasingly mainstream world of biometric AI:
Connected Car Biometrics
Biometrics are coming to the Internet of Things, and the most exciting avenue for this is the connected car: facial recognition, voice controls, fingerprint sensors in steering wheels, and even iris scanners in rear view mirrors. While the biometric-integrated automobile may still be a few years away from landing in your driveway, the technology bringing identity into the smart car of the future is the epitome of consumer security, convenience, and luxury. Check out some of the highlights in the biometric vehicle space:
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