Barcelona, Spain — Displayed at the 2013 Mobile World Congress, Eyeprint is a new application currently in development by EyeVerify. The mobile application uses a device’s front or rear facing camera to capture a unique image of eye veins to verify user authenticity.
According to EyeVerify, “eye vein biometrics can deliver fingerprint-level accuracy [to mobile devices].” The company hopes to sell its application to mobile developers and manufacturers that are looking to provide a higher level of security features on their devices.
“The EyeVerify module captures as series of images, then leverages sophisticated image processing and neural network algorithms to pattern match the veins in the whites of the eyes with the templates for the subject,” according to the developer’s website. “EyeVerify then responds to the calling application with a pass/fail and a confidence interval. The calling application will decide what appropriate actions should be taken based on these results.”
The application hasn’t been finished just yet, but the company is very close to finalizing Eyeprint for its market release.
Toby Rush, CEO of EyeVerify, said in an interview with the Huffington Post, “It takes about two to three seconds for image capture (scan both eyes) and another second for local processing on a mobile phone to verify or reject a user … In total it’s about three to four seconds. As smartphone technology improves, those times will become less and less.”
Veins in our eyes grow individually and are completely unrelated to DNA-driven processes, so no two eye vein patterns are alike.
Here’s a demo of the application at MWC:
Looks like we’re getting closer to true 007 tech. Would you use Eyeprint on your device, or do you think this is something better suited for corporate use? Where else could we potentially see this technology utilized? Leave your comments below and let’s discuss it.
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