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ViewSonic may be first to market with Iris scanning and recognition technology with V55 smartphone

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Rumors over LG and Samsung flagships packing iris scanners were quickly snuffed at the very beginning of the year (2014, that is). Whether such technology was ever legitimately being looked at or not is a matter for debate, but while we ponder that, it looks as though ViewSonic may be ready to introduce a decidedly mid-range spec’d device with a bio-metric feature no other smartphone currently has.

The ViewSonic V55 was apparently planned to be released late in 2014, but the year has passed along, and so it may be a news maker for early 2015. The V55 is said to be equipped with a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 at 1.4GHz, 2GB or RAM, 16 or 32GB of storage, and a 5.5-inch 1080p display. On the back, a Sony sourced 13-megapixel camera that will accept external add-on lenses.

On the front, hidden from view, a small iris scanner in the upper-right of the bezel is protected by a small sliding component. Just as with fingerprints, once the scanner has mapped the iris, only the owner can unlock the device. Unlike fingerprints however, it is virtually impossible to spoof the pattern of an iris. The V55 has some pretty thin looking bezels on the sides, with a notable chin and forehead housing the iris scanner and what appears to be a good-sized speaker and earpiece.

The iris scanner is said to have functionality to enable the user to lock files or photos, so if the device were handed off to someone other than the owner, those files are protected.

ViewSonic is not a big player in the mobile space, the last mobile phone we have seen from the company was the ViewPhone 5E, a basic smartphone from 2012. The same goes for its tablet offerings too, the ViewPad E100, also from 2012.

Information about when or where the V55 will launch, and for how much, is not available.  Its insides do not scream flagship price, but other flagships are not equipped to scan an iris either.  That said, the V55 will probably have a competitive price point. 

What do you think of an iris scanner as a way to unlock your device and handle other sensitive features?

source: Gizmochina.com

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posted on 31 Dec 2014, 23:22 2

1. a_tumiwa (Posts: 378; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

"Unlike fingerprints however, it is virtually impossible to spoof the patter of an iris. "

nice if it is true

posted on 31 Dec 2014, 23:37

2. joey18 (Posts: 597; Member since: 20 Jul 2010)


posted on 01 Jan 2015, 10:54

9. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

hows it a concept iris scanners have been used for 20 years i think the tech has gotten high enough to put in phones as long as we dont want tiny thin phones

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 01:41

3. viisign (Posts: 11; Member since: 19 Sep 2012)

Correct me if I'm wrong but what if I had a close up pic of the persons face? I could zoom in on the eye and hold that pic up to the iris scanner? But I think its a cool idea.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 04:08 1

4. kent-gaga (Posts: 582; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

then there must be an option where the phone asked the user to blink in order to unlock the phone

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 09:04 1

8. Atrixboyyy (Posts: 438; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

yea but if the scanner is good enough to pick up pattern in the iris wouldn't it be able detect that its looking at pixels on top of the fact that it would have to be an amazing picture.

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 10:55

10. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

correct just like samsungs face unlock blink to show your alive

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 06:03

5. Leo_MC (Posts: 2685; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

So, people want light waves entering their eyes a few dozens time a day?!
Do you know people that work with X-rays wear lead suits?

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 06:36 5

6. mixedfish (Posts: 1329; Member since: 17 Nov 2013)

How do you see without 'light waves' entering your eyes?

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 03:16

12. Leo_MC (Posts: 2685; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

There are light waves and there are light waves.

posted on 02 Jan 2015, 07:08 1

13. Os_Money (Posts: 20; Member since: 01 Jul 2013)

...and then there are stupid people :D

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 07:03

7. Sid91 (unregistered)

Hope the iris scanner is not as buggy as the fingerprint scanners were at the beginning, I cant help laugh imagining people going wide eyed every five seconds at bus stops and meeting trying to unlock their fones. (LMAO)

posted on 01 Jan 2015, 11:00

11. engineer-1701d (unregistered)

lol this is why i like implants nfc between thumb and finger with your data dna coded put in babys at birth and adults know you know who did the crime and unlock your door,car,phone,get payments all that

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