Fujitsu's new way to unlock your phone

IDG News Service | Mar 1, 2015

If you hate having to punch in a number or scan your finger when using your phone, now you can unlock it with just a glance.

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If you hate having to punch in a number or scan your finger when using your phone, now you can unlock it with just a glance.

Fujitsu has developed a smartphone that has an iris scanner that can authenticate users in less than a second.

The prototype makes it easier to unlock a phone than using one’s hands. It also works with glasses or contacts.

The prototype consists of a piece of hardware weighing less than 1 gram that’s been grafted onto a regular smartphone.

Fujitsu managed to shrink an infrared LED light, located on the top left, and an infrared camera, on the right, into the add-on.

Users first register their unique iris pattern, which is stored in the phone and not transmitted. It’s done by centering the circles in the guidance app around the eyes.

Once registered, the phone can be unlocked in less than a second – as long as it’s held not too far away. It doesn’t have to be uncomfortably close, either. Unlike most iris-recognition systems, it doesn’t have to be held within a few centimeters of the eyes.

The prototype incorporates a high-speed, high-accuracy iris recognition algorithm developed by California-based Delta ID. Fujitsu says the error rate is about 1 in 100,000.


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“This device can be used to unlock applications and for cloud authentication. Fujitsu is also working to make this an enterprise security solution, adding iris authentication to fingerprint and vein scanning.”


Fujitsu previously developed palm-vein scanners for laptops and tablets, and could bring the iris scanner to these devices as well. It hasn’t decided on how the technology will be commercialized, but wants to bring it to market in the year ending March 31, 2016.

Tim Hornyak IDG News Service
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