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Obscene Interactive looks to biometrics for new game development


OBJ Enterprises says it’s looking to capitalize on new trends in gaming for 2014, and chief among these trends is biometrics.

“Biometric applications for medically themed games is obvious, and providing fun and interactive apps for the global health industry will be a focus of ours moving forward,” OBJE CEO Paul Watson said. “But medicine is just the tip of the iceberg. We’re in talks now with potential partners that are developing social games that use biometrics to detect lies, horror games that can ramp up intensity based on your fear response and so much more.

“We’re in the very early stages of a biometric gaming revolution, and we plan to be well-positioned to share in extraordinary growth.”

Obscene Interactive is OBJE’s gaming division and develops games for the iTunes app store, as well as the Google Play app marketplace.

OBJE certainly isn’t the only entity in the gaming space that’s looking to introduce biometrics. Reported previously, both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 will feature biometrics to some degree.

In September, Sony confirmed that its new console will include facial recognition, through the use of a separately-sold Kinect-style camera. There were also previously rumors that Sony would say goodbye to its long-used DualShock in favour of a new controller which would feature fingerprint biometrics, though it appears that the controller will now be released without a sensor.

Earlier, in July, Microsoft confirmed that the Xbox One will not only include facial recognition, but will use it to target ads to its users. It’s also been rumored that the new Xbox console can measure heart rate based on a user’s skin color and transparency, though how this will be used by the system has yet to be seen.

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