ID-U Biometrics Eye Tracking Signature
ID-U Biometrics has created a new kind of identification signature based on eye tracking. The application can be used in place of fingerprint scanners and user IDs and passwords, and should be highly resistant to spoofing.
Professor Gur Moshe, Department of Biomedical Engineering at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, puts it this way: "Every person has a unique characteristic eye movement which ID-U utilizes to create an "identification signature" that cannot be replicated or forged."
The system presents the user with a unique set of images, and invites the user to look at each image in succession. A camera records the movements of the user's eyes as the images are seen.
The application is based on the fact that the eyes of each person exhibit their own characteristics when moving. Says Daphna Palti-Wasserman, an engineer, to ISRAEL21c: "The science in it is that the eye movement is a complex motion constructed from a number of parameters including anatomy, physiology, eye structure and chemistry."
The subject's response may be different each time they approach the system, but one thing stays constant: the patterns in which the eye responds. This movement cannot be controlled by the user, or copied by others says Palti-Wasserman.
This method differs from most biometric identification schemes in that it is useless to present the system with a mere copy of previous data, like showing a fingerprint scanner a copy of a fingerprint. The images shown each time are unique; the system records unique data to then determine if that user's eye tracking pattern is a match.
I'm not aware of any precursors to this idea, in sf or anywhere else. For example, Frank Herbert's idea for a palm lock has been replicated in devices like the IR Recognition Systems biometric hand reader. Although advanced versions of biometric systems are careful to ensure what is called a live biometric capture, these systems can still be fooled.
Via You'll never be me, with Israel's ID-U cyber identification; also, see a translated video explanation of ID-U. Thanks to Moira for contributing the tip on this one.
Scroll down for more stories in the same category. (Story submitted 6/21/2008)
Follow this kind of news @Technovelgy.
| Email | RSS | Blog It | Stumble | del.icio.us | Digg | Reddit |
you like to contribute a story tip?
Get the URL of the story, and the related sf author, and add
Comment/Join discussion ( 3 )
of related articles:
Biometric security overview
Characteristics of successful biometric identification methods
Biometric identification systems
Biometric technology on the leading edge
Biometric identification - advantages
Biometric security and business ethics
Biometric authentication: what method works best?
Related News Stories -
Flimmer Navy Drone Flies And Swims
Launch the Flying Sub!
Indian Court Says Brain Scan Proves Murder
Using a test called Brain Electrical Oscillations Signature, an Indian court convicts a woman based on her brain contents.
Background Draw-a-Secret (BDAS) Makes Graphical Passwords
Interesting security technique that takes advantage of the greater ease with which we all recall pictures, as opposed to the kind of alphanumeric strings IT techs want us to use for passwords.
ID-U Biometrics Eye Tracking Signature
Interesting new method of secure identification gathers a unique response to stimulus each time; old data cannot be copied and presented to the system.
Technovelgy (that's tech-novel-gee!)
is devoted to the creative science inventions and ideas of sf authors. Look for
the Invention Category that interests
you, the Glossary, the Invention
Timeline, or see what's New.
ANNABELL AI Can Learn English From Scratch
'...Could understand not only classic programming but also Loglan and English..."
Tesla Suit Gives Haptic Hugs
'Then a pressure on the lips...'
Surgically Implantable Artificial Kidney Starts Testing
'George Walt... proved the workability of wholly mechanical organs...'
Self-Filling Water Bottle Is Beetle-Based
'That moisture trickles down...'
Senate Passes Space Mining Legislation
'The law of filing on newly discovered asteroids was definite...'
Microsoft's Surface Book Is Part Clipboard
'Floyd sometimes wondered if the Newspad, and the fantastic technology behind it, was the last word in man's quest for perfect communications...'
Police Use Predictive Maps ala 'Minority Report' Routinely
'...the data-receptors, and the computing mechanisms that studied and restructured the incoming material.'
Tesla Autopilot Road Trip 2995 Miles, 57 Hours
'The beautiful old car cruised ... under the guidance of its automatic controls...'
The 'Marching Mountains' Of Pluto
Calling Captain Future!
Graphene Thermopile May Grant Predator Heat Vision To Humans
'What the hell are you?'
BitDrones Flying Microbots Model Programmable Matter
'... as though a child should build from nursery blocks a fantastic shape which abruptly is filled with throbbing life.'
Starship Turbolift Elevators Coming From ThyssenKrupp AG
Your sideways elevator is getting closer to your floor.
LineFORM MIT's Shape-Changing Interface
'For an interval, the device struggled with itself...'
LM3D Swim First 3D-Printed Production Car
'Almost as good as the original it was printed fromů'
Protopiper Lets You Sketch Full-Size Objects In Real Space
'Plastic comes out of the end of the drawing arm and hardens...'
AI Trainers: Assisting Artificial Intelligences
'[Ava] wouldn't stop until Antar had told her everything he knew...'
More SF in the News Stories
More Beyond Technovelgy science news stories