ZTE Grand S3 Now Protected Through Eyeball Verification
We all have experimented with varying techniques to protect our smartphones. Pin numbers, pattern swipes, fingerprint and even facial recognition – we all have been there.
But the technology has now started to relate more closely to biological systems and mechanisms, as biometrics are being involved in many applications.
Similarly, change is in the air for ZTE, which claims that it has something more secure to offer for the phone. The company’s Grand S3 smartphone in China is now being equipped with a new feature called “Sky Eye,” which lets you unlock your phone using only your eyeballs. So now you can say goodbye to the multitude of various password protecting Android applications stored in your phone, as it uses a biometric authentication called “Eyeprint ID” by EyeVerify.
The feature is pretty simple and not as complex as the technology and algorithms behind it. On start, you are shown a green line which bounces up and down on the screen, requiring you to follow it with your eyes for about eight seconds. During the process, the front camera of your phone captures the frames of the blood vessels in the whites of your eyes, and records them to create a secure ID.
While the process could have been even faster, the ID is created just once, so you don’t need to go through it again, “unless you swap your eyeballs.”
However, only one Eyeprint can be registered at a time, so Apple’s Touch ID gets the upper hand in this context.
How does it work once your eyeball model has been saved at the back?
If the Grand S3 is locked, you will have to:
- First need to tap the power button.
- Swipe down from the top of the screen.
- Eye recognition is done from an ideal distance from the screen, so the app tells you to move further or closer to the screen.
- Once in range, the system takes about a half second to identify your eyes’ unique characteristics
- Voila! You have earned access to the rest of the phone’s features (if you are an authorized user, of course.)
Engadget played around with the feature and “it worked as promised on every occasion.” Even though it is not as fast as the Touch ID, it does not require any extra hardware. If the smartphone is fixed with a decent secondary shooter, there is no question as to why Eyeprint ID should not work efficiently.
ZTE has said that the biometric security feature will be integrated in all of its upcoming Grand smartphones, and will later be extended to mobile payments.
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