Forget Apple’s fingerprint reader, Samsung’s eyeing up new iris biometric security

27 Mar 2015

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Samsung has teamed up with SRI International to include iris-reading technology in its products.

SRI is actually the company behind Apple’s Siri personal voice assistant (it was spun off SRI and sold back in 2010) so it has form for creating fairly integral aspects of smart technology.

The two companies have combined on the back of SRI’s Iris on the Move (IOM) technology, which uses a rake load of tech to allow users just glance at the screen to get a reading.

According to Android Authority, the first product the duo will release together is a customised Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 tablet, which will be showcased at ISC West in Las Vegas next month.

“This new model will provide fast, easy-to-use, and accurate biometric identity management solutions to its users,” explains SRI on the new Galaxy Tab. “Tests have shown this purely iris-based solution to be more than 1,000 times more accurate than published fingerprint data.”

What will be interesting to see will be if the Galaxy S7 incorporates the technology. In its ongoing battle with the iPhone at the top end of the smartphone market, Samsung is consistently falling behind its counterpart.

Something like this could help tip the balance back into the South Korean company’s favour, assuming these trials go well.

Eye reading image, via Shutterstock

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Gordon Hunt is a journalist at Siliconrepublic.com

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