NEC develops automatic optimization technology for deep learning

In an effort to facilitate improvements in recognition accuracy, NEC has developed automatic optimization technology for deep learning. In a statement, the company explains that if deep learning systems become excessively familiar with data, they become unable to accurately recognize data that they have not learned. This “overtraining” results in degradation of recognition accuracy when dealing with data that was not used in the learning process. To prevent overtraining, “regularization” technology is commonly used, which regulates the extent of learning

LG patents anti-spoof iris recognition method for smartphones

LG Electronics has been awarded a patent for a forgery-detecting iris authentication method for Android mobile devices which appears to leverage a front-facing camera, according to documents published by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). According to Android Headlines the patent, filed in June, describes a technology involving the use of a camera, an illumination sensor, and the display to guide the user’s eye with a path illuminated on the display. “Although the present invention is suitable for a wide

Hill Top Security files patent application for a biometric security system for cryptocurrencies

Hill Top Security has filed a patent application for a biometric security solution designed to protect bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies from theft and loss. The solution, UxToken, is a biometrics-enabled, GPS trackable crypto-currency private key safe storage. The application was developed by Hill Top’s in-house team of former U.S. military officers and personnel. According to a company statement, this cryptocurrency security helps bridge the divide between completely anonymous transactional parties and a reasonable assurance of participant identity, that is aligned

5G edge computing platform and facial recognition technology unveiled

A multi-access edge computing (MEC) platform and facial recognition technology has been jointly unveiled by Intel Corp, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co, and Asia Pacific Telecom in Taiwan, the Taipei Times reports. The platform is the result a collaboration on 5G technology between the companies, after Intel and Hon Hai signed a memorandum of understanding to develop 5G network infrastructure. “The technologies are applicable to a wide range of scenarios, such as a smarter shopping experience in department stores, smart

UK Ministry of Defence develops new chemical to reveal fingerprints on challenging surfaces

The UK government has announced the development of a chemical for use recovering fingerprints from previously challenging or impossible surfaces. The advanced fingerprint visualization technology makes it possible to acquire prints from items exposed to high temperatures, such as IED components or fired ammunition cases, and cleaned metal items, according to the announcement. The technology was jointly developed by the Defense Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), the Centre for Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and Loughborough University, where it was

Samsung applies for palm scanning password hint technology patent

Samsung has filed a patent Thursday for technology to provide users with hints for forgotten passwords based on palm scans, SamMobile reports. The system described in the 42-page patent application involves the user enrolling an image of his or her palm, and then retrieving a password hint by taking a picture of his or her palm with the device’s rear camera. The device then adds the hint to the image in the form of the password characters scattered across the

Researchers develop fast new DNA identification technology

A new method of identifying people based on their DNA has been developed by researchers at Columbia University and the New York Genome Center, which could lead to inexpensive real-time DNA authentication. The findings were announced by Columbia, and are detailed in the journal eLife. The new software is designed for use with a MinION, a credit card-sized device which captures DNA strands with microscopic pores and reads nucleotide sequences, and is typically used to study bacteria and viruses. Its

Researchers develop lip-reading system to beat voice-spoofing

Researchers at Florida State University have developed a way for smartphones to read user’s lip gestures with sonar, enabling the gestures to be used as a liveness detection system to thwart replay attacks. The system, which the researchers call VoiceGesture, uses the phone’s speaker to transmit a high-frequency sound, which is reflected back to the microphone as the user says his or her password. It does not require and additional hardware, and can be integrated into existing smartphone operating systems

Yitu Technology setting up a research and development hub in Singapore

Chinese facial recognition software developer Yitu Technology will be setting up its first international research and development hub in Singapore. According to a report by Channel NewsAsia, the decision to open the R&D hub came after discussions were held between the AI company and Singapore officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Economic Development Board. “The AI vision for Singapore is that once it has started its AI development, there will be a ripple effect across other countries

Researchers find voice recognition systems easily tricked by impersonators

Researchers from the University of Eastern Finland have published a new study that reveals that it is relatively easy for skilled voice impersonators to dupe advanced voice recognition systems because they aren’t efficient in recognizing voice modifications, according to a report by V3. Though the majority of new mobile devices are integrated with built-in voice recognition and command capabilities, many of these systems fail to have adequate security mechanisms in place. As a result, these systems can be compromised by