Last week at Mobile ID World the Internet of Things, wearable tech, vital biometrics and the connected car were making the biggest headlines along with the year’s first big fingerprint sensor news.
Here is a look back on the top new items from the first week of the new year.
Vital Biometrics and Wearable Tech
Last week marked the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, which brought with it a fair share of wearable and vital signal tech news. Valencell showcased its optical blood pressure technology, OMsignal unveiled its smart bra offering, we learned about the new Samsung Gear models, and we caught a glimpse of the new wearable UV sensor from L’Oréal, which features MC10 technology. MC10 was also in the news with the announcement of its BioStamp RC solution, which leverages flexible biometric sensors.
In fingerprint news last week we reported on NEXT Biometrics’ plans to focus on the smart card market in 2016. IDEX was at CES, showing off its fingerprint sensor solutions, and we reported on Fingerprint Cards’ successful 2015, in which it had the best performing stock in Europe.
Smartphones and a Tablet
Smartphones were all over the news last week, with FPC and Precise Biometrics making multiple headlines involving the integration of their respective technologies on several handsets and a tablet. Qualcomm had its tech—including its fingerprint sensor—make it on to Letv’s latest phone, and ZTE was given four awards from IDG at the Global Top Brands Awards Ceremony held during CES.
IoT and the Connected Car
CES being last week it’s not surprising we saw the connected car back in the news. Nuance Communications’ Dragon Drive Automotive Assistant was named a CES 2016 Innovation Awards Honoree and we reported on a pupil biometrics technology that has safety applications in smart cars.
Moving on to the broader Internet of Things, Samsung’s ARTIK made the news last week with the announcement that it will support Sensory’s TrulyHandsfree speech recognition offering.
mCommerce was not the primary focus of last week’s news cycle, but Samsung and Apple did each have an item related to their mobile wallets. We learned that Apple Pay is closing in on the 1,000 mark when it comes to supporting US card issuers. Samsung, meanwhile, announced that it will be expanding Samsung Pay in two ways: releasing it for mid and low range handsets, and enabling online payments with the tech.
Finally, EyeVerify had two big news stories last week. The vascular biometrics company announced that it has received FIDO Certification and also went on record with its impressive 2015 adoption numbers.
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