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Juniper Research forecasts market for gesture and biometric interface technologies to grow to $1.2 billion in 2019


Juniper Research has published a new report that forecasts the global market for services based on gesture and biometric interface technologies will grow from less than $2 million in 2014 to $1.2 billion in 2019.

Entitled Human Interface & Biometric Devices: Emerging Ecosystems, Opportunities & Forecasts 2014-2019, the report found that innovation in mobile phone hardware and software has helped to drive handset interaction, including touchless command and biometric identification.

In the report, Juniper Research argues that while human interface technology will not abandon touch commands entirely, touchless and biometric interfaces will continue to play an increasing role in enhancing user experience and handset security.

The report singles out touchless screen scrolling, such as Samsung’s Smart Scroll feature and the integration of Touch ID into Apple Pay as examples of growth areas in which these technologies will likely experience more deployments.

So far, the human interface space has mostly focused on working with the existing hardware of handsets. However, the report found that software will play a larger role in driving innovation in the touchless and biometric space.

The report also highlighted the many ways in which handset functionality is being improved through appware that accesses sensors functionality in cameras, microphones and biometric scanners.

As a result, cameras are now able to detect face and eye movements, microphones allow voice activated commands and touch screens can detect biometric identifiers such as ear, palm and vein prints.

More than 16 million human interface apps will be downloaded this year alone, which is projected to grow significantly through to 2019, according to the report.

The report also highlights other opportunities in sensor fusion in which appware will combine sensor capabilities for multimodal methods of interaction.

The whitepaper, Human Interface Technologies ~ Small Gestures, Big Opportunities, can now be downloaded from the Juniper website.

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