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At CBP’s Request, DoE Researching ‘Light Field Cameras’ for In-Car Face Scanning

At CBP’s Request, DoE Researching ‘Light Field Cameras’ for In-Car Face Scanning

US government authorities are working on a new camera system that could eventually be able to scan individuals in their cars much more effectively than currently available technology, reports The Verge. The technology is being developed at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, a research agency run by the US Department of Energy. But the work…

NEC Announces Earbud-based Biometric Authentication Technology

NEC Announces Earbud-based Biometric Authentication Technology

“While NEC says ‘pulse rates and other biometric information’ could be tracked in later iterations of its technology, for now the primary aim is authentication, complemented by user positioning enabled by built-in gyroscopic, geomagnetic, and acceleration sensors.” NEC Corporation has announced a new earbud device that uses biometric technology to a different end than those…

FaceSense Turns Facial Recognition into VR User Interface

FaceSense Turns Facial Recognition into VR User Interface

An experimental technology lab within Samsung has come up with a new virtual reality system, called FaceSense, that relies on facial biometrics for user interaction. The system assesses changes in expression and gaze, as well as basic voice commands – “home”, “back”, “cancel”, and “select” – to intuit how users navigate VR worlds. It was…

Researchers Say Perception of Light Can Be Used for Authentication

Researchers Say Perception of Light Can Be Used for Authentication

A research team at the National Technical University of Athens has proposed a new authentication mechanism based on how individuals perceive light. As the MIT Technology Review explains, the system relies upon variations in how each individual perceives the photons of which light consists. The human eye is capable of detecting even a single photon,…

Smartphone Fingerprint Sensors Are Everywhere – So What’s Next?

Smartphone Fingerprint Sensors Are Everywhere – So What’s Next?

Fingerprint sensors are now widespread across a range of mobile devices, and the technology that was cutting-edge only a year or two ago is now considered standard fare. Meanwhile, new biometric modalities are starting to come to the fore, with Samsung looking to pioneer iris and facial recognition in its newest devices. But all that…

PolyU Researchers Announce Low-Cost 3D Fingerprint System

PolyU Researchers Announce Low-Cost 3D Fingerprint System

Researchers at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, or PolyU, have announced a new 3D fingerprint imaging system based on a single low-cost digital camera. While the single camera cannot in itself produce a 3D image, the system is based on analysis of multiple images produced from different LED light sources, allowing a composite, virtual 3D…

ImageWare Wins New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan

ImageWare Wins New Product Innovation Award from Frost & Sullivan

ImageWare has won the 2017 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation. In a statement announcing the award, the growth consultancy explained that each year it is bestowed to “the company that has demonstrated excellence in devising a strong growth strategy and robustly implementing it.” Frost & Sullivan lauded ImageWare for its…

MWC 2017: FPC SenseTouch Brings Pressure Sensitivity to Biometric Sensors

MWC 2017: FPC SenseTouch Brings Pressure Sensitivity to Biometric Sensors

Fingerprint Cards has brought a new feature to its fingerprint sensor technology: pressure sensitivity. Dubbed FPC SenseTouch, the feature allows specific functionality to be triggered by the amount of pressure a finger exerts on the fingerprint sensor. For example, a hard press might take the user directly to the home screen, while a softer touch…

AWS Offers Very Literal Fingerprint Scanning Solution

AWS Offers Very Literal Fingerprint Scanning Solution

Applied World Solutions is offering a new product that could help law enforcement officers with their fingerprint scanning activities. It’s called Minutia Advancement Paste, or MAP, and AWS says it can substantially enhance the quality of fingerprints. It does that by swelling the ridges of a given fingerprint, making them more defined; and by moistening…

Emotional Biometrics Could Secure Nukes Against Whims of Leaders

Emotional Biometrics Could Secure Nukes Against Whims of Leaders

What if the room containing nuclear launch codes could detect that the person trying to get in was out of his mind, and kept its doors locked accordingly? It’s a potential application of highly experimental biometric technology under development at the University of Iasi. Researcher Violeta Tulceanu recently published a report on these efforts in the Journal…

NEC to Trial Face-Based Payments with Sumitomo Bank

NEC to Trial Face-Based Payments with Sumitomo Bank

Customers of Japan’s Sumitomo bank may soon be able to pay with their faces. NEC Corporation has announced that it has teamed up with Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group (SMFG), Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC), and Sumitomo Mitsui Card to trial contactless payment systems based on facial recognition over the coming weeks. One trial has already…

Audyssey eVR Can Hear Voice Commands From 19 Feet Away

Audyssey eVR Can Hear Voice Commands From 19 Feet Away

A California-based tech company is testing how far it can carry users’ speech commands with a new voice recognition system called Audyssey eVR. Audyssey was founded in 2004 by a group of University of South California audio signal researchers, and has since specialized in developing audio technology for consumer electronics products. Its latest offering is meant…

NSF Grant to Push Forward Brainwave Biometrics Research

NSF Grant to Push Forward Brainwave Biometrics Research

The researchers behind a groundbreaking study into the potential of brainwave-based user authentication have received a big new grant to continue their work. The National Science Foundation has awarded $1.2 million to be shared between researchers at Binghampton University and the University at Buffalo. The researchers made waves earlier this year with a study indicating that…

‘Sandbox’ Environment Fosters FinTech Innovation in Hong Kong

‘Sandbox’ Environment Fosters FinTech Innovation in Hong Kong

“…two banks have now applied to use it for the trialing of biometric authentication technologies for use in securities trading.” A new effort by Hong Kong authorities to help foster innovation in the territory’s banking sector is starting to pay off. Dubbed a ‘sandbox’ by regulators with the Hong Kong Monetary Authority, it’s essentially a…

Smartphone Companies Working Toward In-Display Sensors

Smartphone Companies Working Toward In-Display Sensors

Leading companies in the smartphone biometrics industry are hard at work trying to bring fingerprint sensors into the glass displays of mobile devices. As Synaptics’ Anthony Gioeli suggests in a post on the company’s blog, the effort is largely driven by a desire to extend the reach of the display across the front of a…

Samsung Patent Links Swipe Scan to App Access

Samsung Patent Links Swipe Scan to App Access

Samsung may be planning to integrate fingerprint scanning more deeply into the user interface of its next smartphone, a newly published patent filing suggests. The patent details a system that would let users swipe a smartphone’s fingerprint sensor to directly access certain apps. A form of this concept recently emerged in Google’s new Pixel smartphones,…

Hitachi System Can Scan Finger Veins Via Smartphone Camera

Hitachi System Can Scan Finger Veins Via Smartphone Camera

Hitachi has announced that it has developed a new system that would allow smartphone cameras to scan finger veins, allowing for a mode of mobile biometric authentication that it says is even more secure than fingerprint scanning. It doesn’t require the kind of infrared sensors traditionally needed for vascular scanning; all it needs is a…

New Apple Patent Points to Display-Embedded Touch ID

New Apple Patent Points to Display-Embedded Touch ID

Apple has patented a new system for bringing its Touch ID fingerprint sensor system directly into the display of a mobile device, AppleInsider reports. The patent illustrates how special sensors called ‘electrostatic lenses’ could be used to capture a clearer image of a fingerprint even through glass, which otherwise blurs the fingerprint images that capacitive sensors…

Inventor’s System Ties Breathalyzer to Biometric Authentication

Inventor’s System Ties Breathalyzer to Biometric Authentication

A Las Vegas-based inventor has designed a breathalyzer that uses biometric identification to ensure that it’s testing the intended subject. It’s now being promoted by InventHelp, a licensing and promotion specialist for unaffiliated inventors. In a statement announcing the device, InventHelp declined to name the inventor in question, but explained that her motive was to help…

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