Purdue professor develops 3D image transmission technology

A Purdue University professor has developed a technology for transporting 3D data through phones, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports. The system, dubbed Holostream by inventor Song Zhang, drastically reduces the size of 3D video without major quality degradation to enable transmission within current bandwidth limitations. Zhang told the Journal that facial recognition is among the many possible applications for the technology, along with expanding the capabilities of 3D printer manufacturing, and medical uses. It can also improve the quality of

CrucialTec receives new U.S. patent for fingerprint recognition algorithm

CrucialTec has announced that it has received a U.S. patent for its new “Method and Apparatus for Fingerprint Recognition and Authentication.” The patent, number 14/900,498 relates to an algorithm for fingerprint recognition on its Biometric Trackpad (BTP), and improves the accuracy of fingerprint recognition by increasing the available matching information, the company says. The technology is meant to be integrated with BTPs for smartphones, and small embedded solutions such as on smartcards, USB readers, or vehicle locks. Previously reported, the

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

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

Apple patent covers secret biometric ID tracking system of unauthorized users

Apple has been granted a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office covering technology that implements secret biometric ID and tracking of unauthorized users, according to a report by Patently Apple. Filed in Q2 2016 and published on November 14, patent 9,819,676 introduces a new advanced biometrics security measure that collects fingerprints as a means of identifying unauthorized individuals attempting to unlock a person’s iPhone, tablet or MacBook. The biometrics of an unauthorized individual trying to unlock a person’s

Facebook files patent for facial recognition for physical payments

A patent application filed by Facebook and published Thursday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) indicates the company’s intention to move into the retail payments market. The filing describes a method of using facial recognition as a secure and convenient method for physical retailers to authenticate customers’ identities. Patent inventor Stephen Moore Davis addressed the limitations of existing payment methods in the filing, including the requirements for devices using NFC for payments to first be unlocked with a

Eckoh receives USPTO Notice of Allowance for voice biometrics on phone payments patent

Secure payment products and customer contact solutions provider Eckoh has been notified by the US Patent and Trademark Office that it will be awarded a patent for its concept for improving security of phone payments. Eckoh’s new process uses both voice biometrics to authenticate a caller, and a phone ‘footprint’ to authenticate the caller’s mobile device. The dual authentication process increases the merchant’s confidence that the caller genuinely is the cardholder. The company says it is working with global industry

ImageWare corporate update highlights growth potential from partnerships

ImageWare Systems reported revenues of $1.1 million for Q3 2017 on Thursday, the same as in Q2 but a 28 percent year-over-year increase, driven by higher license revenues. A net loss of $2.4 million, or $0.03 per share, was unchanged from Q3 2016, but the company’s gross margin improved by 6 percent. The company also updated its corporate progress in a conference call. ImageWare Chairman and CEO Jim Miller said in the call the $11 million raised with the completion

Zighra patents technology for user-device behavioral models

Zighra has received its latest patent with the U.S. patent office, enabling the company to develop highly personalized user-device models to safeguard against account hijacking, social engineering, and automated bot attacks negatively impacting the connected economy. The patent expands on the behavioral intelligence layer of Zighra’s foundational patent on N-dimensional authentication. It covers Zighra’s newly-created proprietary lightweight machine learning algorithms that can operate locally on a device. By using device sensors including touchscreens, accelerometers and gyroscopes, Zighra’s machine learning technology