Yahoo’s New Tech Converts Your Smartphone Screen Into A Biometric Scanner
It is not very uncommon now to see biometric scanning being used as the main security check to unlock one’s smartphone. Only limited to the area of fingerprint scanning as of now, research is being done on how to utilize other body parts like fist, ear, and fingers for biometric scanning.
The research led to the creation of ‘Bodyprint’ by Yahoo Labs that changes your smartphone’s touchscreen area into a biometric scanner. As all touch screens have lower input resolutions as compared to the home button placed on iPhones or on Samsung Galaxy phones; Bodyprint requires users to scan a different parts of their body whether it is a user’s ear, palm, fist or just the first five fingers.
Bodyprint could be used to adapt to a lot of situations like answering a phone call with ear recognition. But it’s not just ear recognition, Bodyprint has a lot of scope and usage in the entire smartphone domain.
It was launched at 2015 Human Computer Interaction Conference in Seoul, South Korea. Live testing was also carried out. In a test which composed of 12 participants, Bodyprint was able to identify correctly both the owners and their body parts 99.8% out of the total, which is a great accomplishment in itself.
Even though this is a great achievement, but the research team is well aware of the effort they still need to put in before Bodyprint reaches out to all consumers worldwide.
What other applications could this technology have? Or is it just to add one more level to the security?