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Smartphones could soon employ user's ears to verify identity with 99% accuracy

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Smartphones could soon employ user's ears to verify identity with 99% accuracy
There are a number of different methods used to verify one's identity using a smartphone. Right now, the one most commonly employed is the fingerprint scanner. Fewer handsets rely on a laser reading of the user's iris. Perhaps the fastest and most accurate method has just been discovered. Today, NEC announced technology that takes advantage of the unique shape of everyone's ears to verify one's identity.

As it turns out, the way sound resonates in our ear canal is a highly personal process. So NEC has devised earbuds that include a microphone that measures how a transmitted sound travels through the inner ear, identifying an individual. What is exciting about this technology is that the whole verification process takes under one second, and is 99% accurate.

"Since the new technology does not require particular actions such as scanning a part of the body over an authentication device, it enables a natural way of conducting continuous authentication, even during movement and while performing work, simply by wearing an earphone with a built-in microphone to listen to the sounds within ears."-Shigeki Yamagata, general manager, Information and Media Processing Laboratories, NEC Corporation

NEC hopes to have this technology in commercial use by 2018. The company sees it being applied during confidential calls when a person's identity needs to be verified. It also sees a use for this in navigation. NEC doesn't mention using this technology to replace a fingerprint scanner on a smartphone, but that seems like a logical possibility.

source: NEC via Geek.com

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posted on 08 Mar 2016, 13:27 2

1. mintveritas (Posts: 11; Member since: 25 Dec 2015)

That's wild. Wonder if groups can surreptitiously use this technology to identify a user- - even when they do not want to be identified during a call?

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 16:25 1

2. MrElectrifyer (banned) (Posts: 3960; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)

Good question. I can imagine google, facecrook, or government agencies desperately partnering with carriers if this gets on phones. Now with this technology, they'll be able to mine more precise data on your call activity from ANY phone, creating an even more creepy profile on it's users...

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 17:10 1

3. Andr01d (Posts: 63; Member since: 08 Mar 2016)

This info is pretty interesting, but I personally see no use for this other than real security in like companies and stuff since it is definitly not convinient at least compared to the other security features already available for phone like fingerprints, just imagined wat happened if you lost or broke the headphones, probably just had to switch back to pins and patterns.

And even if they get to implement it onto the phones earpiece, it will be weird to litft it to the ear to unlock... just saying.

posted on 08 Mar 2016, 19:30 2

4. Swordylove (Posts: 209; Member since: 27 Jun 2015)

Replacing fingerprint scanners on smartphones in the future is NOT a logical possibility. Hold your phone to your ear to unlock/pay? Yeah right.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 01:18 1

5. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)

Do you always need the earbud in your ear? Kinda cumbersome if you ask me.

posted on 09 Mar 2016, 13:37

6. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 461; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

A second? That's an eternity... And you have to hold it up to your ear? Doesn't sound like a convenient replacement, sorry too obtrusive.

posted on 10 Mar 2016, 00:26

7. james2841 (Posts: 167; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)

acoustic ear id?

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