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.
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