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

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.

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



1. mintveritas

Posts: 11; Member since: Dec 25, 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?

2. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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...

3. Andr01d

Posts: 63; Member since: Mar 08, 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.

4. Swordylove

Posts: 209; Member since: Jun 27, 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.

5. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

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

6. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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.

7. james2841

Posts: 167; Member since: Dec 10, 2014

acoustic ear id?

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