EU-funded projects developing facial recognition avatar border guards, handheld scanners

European Dynamics is developing a facial recognition-based border control system that begins screening travelers before they even leave their home, according to a report by Robohub. Anastasia Garbi, head of R&D at European Dynamics, said the technology allows travelers to use their personal computer, without expert or specialized scanners. Travelers take photos of their passport, visa and proof of funds and upload them to a website. They can then use their webcam to answer a series of questions from the

Apple patents touchscreen technology that reads fingerprints

Apple has patented display technology capable of analyzing a user’s fingerprint without a dedicated sensor, a feature rumored to be incorporated in the upcoming iPhone 8 model, according to a report by Apple Insider. U.S. Patent No. 9,570,002 for an “Interactive display panel with IR diodes” describes a touch display that uses micro-LED sensing technology instead of active matrix hardware, which is used on the majority of mobile devices. Apple acquired micro-LED displays and associated technology last April from LuxVue,

EU training network to focus on early stage research in mobile biometrics

AMBER (enhAnced Mobile BiomEtRics), a new EU-funded Training Network, has detailed its plans to address current issues related to biometric solutions on mobile devices in new projects. The network will comprise 10 integrated Marie Skłodowska-Curie Early Stage Researcher (ESR) projects across five EU universities, along with the support of seven industrial partners. In a statement, AMBER said the network’s aim is to “collate Europe-wide complementary academic and industrial expertise and to train and equip the next generation of researchers to

Apple to become a member of AI research group

Apple will reportedly join the Partnership on AI, a nonprofit artificial intelligence research organization with a membership that includes Amazon.com Inc., DeepMind, Alphabet Inc.’s Google, IBM, Facebook Inc., and Microsoft Corp, according to a Bloomberg article citing individuals familiar with the situation. An announcement of Apple’s admission into Partnership on AI could happen as early as this week, although representatives at Apple and the Partnership on AI have declined to comment. The organization launched in September with a handful of

ZTE achieves facial recognition breakthrough with deep learning

ZTE has achieved a breakthrough in deep learning and convolutional neural networks (CNN), working with Intel, which could enable new cloud applications performing picture search and matching, according to a Tuesday announcement. The companies say many others researching Internet search and artificial intelligence have been trying to reach the performance and accuracy benchmark. ZTE engineers in Nanjing City, China, used Intel’s mid-range Arria 10 FPGA (or field-programmable gate array) for a cloud inferencing application using a CNN algorithm, and reached

Researchers developing emotional brainwave verification system

Researchers are developing a security system that analyzes brain waves to determine the user’s mental state, and provide or deny access to resources based on them. A research paper titled “Brainwave authentication using emotional patterns” by Violeta Tulceanu was published to the latest issue of the International Journal of Advanced Intelligence Paradigms, and describes the use of brainwave biometrics to supplement access control systems. Applications of a security system based on mental state could include control of access to buildings,

Valencell releases new biometric sensor modules; announces new integration

Valencell has released two new versions of its Benchmark sensor systems, the biometric sensor modules that incorporates the company’s PerformTek biometric technology, experience and expertise. The two new designs include Benchmark BE2.0, a version designed for hearables, and Benchmark BW2.0, a 2-LED version of the original Benchmark sensor system for wearables worn at the wrist and arm. The two new modules both have a smaller footprint and more power efficiency than past models, while improving on Valencell’s accuracy. Benchmark sensor

Microsoft files biometric gestures patent, suggests whole-screen fingerprint reader

Microsoft filed a patent earlier this year for a new feature called “Biometric Gestures”, which allows smartphone owners to perform various actions by swiping their fingerprint scanner in a certain direction, according to a report by MS Power User. Google recently added a similar feature for Google Pixel called fingerprint scanner gestures. “In one or more implementations, a computing device includes a biometric sensor, such as a fingerprint touch sensor, that is configured to detect gesture input,” Microsoft writes in

STMicroelectronics, Valencell launch biometric sensor platform for wearables, IoT

Valencell and semiconductor firm STMicroelectronics have launched a highly accurate and scalable development kit for biometric wearables. The kit includes ST’s compact SensorTileturnkey multi-sensor module integrated with Valencell’s Benchmark biometric sensor system, which deliver a set of sensors to support the most advanced wearable use cases. “Valencell’s Benchmark solution leverages the high accuracy of ST’s MEMS sensor technology along with SensorTile’s miniature form factor, flexibility, and STM32 open development environment-based ecosystem,” said Tony Keirouz, vice president of marketing and applications

Scientists working on using DNA for computers

Scientists at Brock University believe that DNA will eventually be used to enhance the memory capacity of computers. DNA can generate binary codes just like computers do, and do not require electricity or materials such as silicon, aluminum and cobalt to do so. As a result, scientists at Brock have been examining ways that DNA can utilized to enhance computing capacity. In fact, chemist Feng Li, graduate student Xiaolong Yang, postdoctoral fellow Yanan Tang and undergraduate student Sarah Traynor have