Your Next Smartphone Could Use Palm Print Authentication

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Current biometric authentication tools found on smartphones suffer from some drawbacks; fingerprint readers typically require additional hardware -- the original Motorola Atrix being one notable exception -- while Android's face unlock doesn't work well in the dark and can by circumvented by pictures of the phone's owner. Japanese telco KDDI might be on to an alternative that bypasses those glaring problems.

At CEATEC 2012, the company has been showing off a demo app that authenticates identity by taking a high-resolution picture of your palm, rather than scanning your finger. The authenticator flashes the camera's LED when it snaps a pic of your palm, circumventing the darkness issue, and it's a lot harder for would-be baddies to get a hold of your hand in the pre-calibrated palm-scanning position than it is for them to pick up an image of your smiling face.

Engadget reports that the recognition process isn't instantaneous, but it did tell the difference between the palms of the two editors who took the tech for a test drive. That's not surprising; palm prints are just as unique as fingerprints. "Because fingerprints and palms have both uniqueness and permanence, they have been used for more than a century as a trusted form of identification," the FBI Biometric Center of Excellence says.

KDDI isn't the only phone manufacturer focusing on biometric security in a bid to appeal to enterprise customers. Apple recently snapped up Authentec, a premier fingerprint authentication and all-around security solution provider.

Does palm authentication sound too good to be true? You'll be able to test it out for yourself tomorrow, when the demo app is slated to go live in the Google Play Store. Presuming all goes well, expect to see the technology start showing up in KDDI phones some time thereafter.

Via Engadget and UberGizmo

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  • himanshu nandeshwar Says:


    can anyone please give me source code or tutotial for this

  • carolyn Says:

    How logical the evil one can make everything seem. Palm chips in the hand or right hand etc, God says, it is wrong. The technology is here in front of us! It will be used as a form of mind control! In the same way your computer is run with a chip, what you program onto that hard drive is what it will do for you. Now, for the computer chip to work in your body, someone will be controling a computer some where. They will know every move you make. When they want to down load a virus onto your chip, then it is over. Just like when a virus goes through your computer, then it is over. It may seem like convenient technology, but it is a trap. They will tell you everything good about the chip or barcode. Think about the mind control it will have. God says anyone who takes this technology, the chip or barcode or what ever they may use, will seperate them selves for ever from him. A person cannot go back and repent after making that decision!

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