FotoNation announces iris recognition solution for VR

Xperi computational imaging and facial analytics subsidiary FotoNation has announced the launch of iris recognition solution IrisXR for AR, VR, and MR applications. IrisXR provides security and personalization with state-of-the-art anti-spoofing and FotoNation’s MIRLIN iris recognition technology, according to the announcement. Head-mounted wearables pose potential challenges including close proximity, large occlusions, and wide eye-gaze angles, all of which the company says IrisXR addresses. It also has a false acceptance rate of only 1 in 10 million, yet uses little memory

Biowatch introducing wearable prototype at VivaTechnology

Swiss startup Biowatch SA has developed and tested the world’s first fully functioning prototype for a wearable device secured by wrist vein patterns that can be used for payments, access control, ticketing, ID management, environment personalization, and more. The company said the new prototype is the “result of a disruptive technology whose time has come coupled with our continued focus on the miniaturization of technology for convenience, and the maximization of biometric performance.” “At Biowatch we are convinced that such

ROHM, Kobe University develops low power technology for wearable biosensors

Electronic parts firm ROHM has partnered with Kobe University Graduate School of System Informatics to develop the world’s smallest ultra-low-power technology optimized for wearable biosensors, according to a report by My News Desk. Professor Yoshimoto Masahiko of Kobe University’s department of information science is working with ROHM for the ‘Development of Infrastructure for Normally-Off Computing Technology’ project, which is being conducted by the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization. The technology uses non-volatile memory in order to suppress standby

Intel pushes further into wearables market with Google Glass deal

Intel will supply the processor for the next version of Google Glass, which previously featured a chip made by Texas Instruments, as part of Intel’s push into the wearable technology market, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. Intel said it will promote the newest version of Google Glass, which is expected to launch next year, to hospital networks and manufacturers, as well as find new workplace applications for the wearable technology device, according to sources close to

Virgin Atlantic tests out biometric wristbands

Virgin Atlantic CIO David Bulman told the World Low Cost Airlines Congress this week that the airline is currently testing out a new wearable biometric device that will be used to identify passengers, according to a report by Airline Fleet Management. Despite not having officially announced the solution, Virgin Atlantic is currently trialing the biometric wristband to measure each passenger’s unique heart rate, according to Bulman. By measuring each unique heart rate, airline staff will be able to accurately identify

New startup measures biometrics, crowd analytics at concerts

Renowned entrepreneur and music producer Rana June has launched a new startup called Lightwave which aims to measure biometric data at concerts and other live events. Lightwave aims to record “movement, sound, and excitement” using wearable technology. The firm will collect crowd data using a proprietary bracelet, algorithm and network and interpret it for artists in real-time. The company describes Lightwave as “a new palette” for artists, creatives, and brands to customize live experiences for their audience. In a TechCrunch

5.5 billion users of mobile and wearable biometrics by 2019: Goode Intelligence

In its latest analyst report, Goode Intelligence has forecasted that by 2019 there will be 5.5 billion users of mobile and wearable biometric technology around the globe. According to Mobile and Wearable Biometric Authentication: Market Analysis and Forecasts 2014-2019, this projected growth will initially be driven by the integration of fingerprint sensors in high-end smartphones and tablets, then rapidly followed by other innovative biometric technologies deployed as part of either FIDO Aware solutions, proprietary-device OEM led initiatives such as Touch ID,

Samsung shows off SAMI platform, smartwatch for measuring health data

Samsung recently laid out an architecture for biometric health information, as well as a cloud platform and smartwatch for storing the health data collected. According to a report in Venturebeat, this would all be built around a platform that’s been called SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interaction). Samsung describes this like the brain of its new ecosystem and that eventually it will reach a critical mass of data collection that medical professionals will be able to mine valuable health insights from

Synaptics CEO’s comments spark rumors of Samsung wearables with fingerprint sensors

It’s likely we’ll see Samsung wearables with embedded Synaptic fingerprint sensors in the near future. This is according to Synaptics CEO Rick Bergman, who, while speaking to media in TaiPei said “probably, you will see fingerprint technology in wearable devices in 2015. Using fingerprint ID sensors for a small curved display is not a big challenge.” According to a report in the Korea Herald, since Samsung is the only client of Synaptics’ fingerprint technology, it’s expected that the South Korean company

Silicon Labs launches digital ultraviolet index sensors

Silicon Labs has introduced what it says is the industry’s first single-chip digital ultraviolet index sensor ICs designed to track UV sun exposure, heart/pulse rate and blood oximetry and provide proximity and gesture control for smartphone and wearable computing products. The new sensors, the Si1132 and Si114x, are the latest additions to Silicon Labs’ optical sensor family. According to the company, The Si114x sensors’ LED drivers enable implementation of reflective heart rate and blood oximetry measurement capabilities for health and fitness