Mobile ID Industry News Roundup: Iris Recognition on a Smartwatch

This week at Mobile ID World we reported on wearable tech that can help DJs know their crowd, the continued inclusion of fingerprint sensors on smartphones, an exciting crowdfunding project involving mobile iris recognition and a whole bunch of voice biometrics news.

A new company started by renowned iPad DJ Rana June is making a big splash in tech news with wearables and vital biometrics. Lightwave, a wristband that can measure vital and motion biometrics, has been receiving deployments at EDM concerts and helping DJs better understand how the crowd is reacting to the music. Providing real time analytics to musical artists to help keep the party going strong is one thing, but a new infographic has shown that the data is helpful for marketers after the house lights come back up and it’s time to go home.

Vital measurements might be the popular biometric on wearables right now, but if a new campaign from IriTech reaches its goal that might soon change. The company announced this week that it is starting a crowdfunding campaign to make a smartwatch that features iris recognition.

Fingerprint Cards AB (FPC), announced two design wins for its mobile optimized capacitive touch sensor this week. The new FPC1021 sensor, which is optimized for use on Android and Windows mobiles, will be featured on a flagship smartphone from an Asian OEM. Scheduled for mass production in October, the initial ramp order associated for this win has already been placed. Prior to that announcement, FPC announced that the same sensor was also selected for another flagship handset from one of the top five Chinese OEMs.

VoiceVault also made the news twice this week, first with the announcement that its phrase based voice recognition now supports Mandarin Chinese. Chinese organizations will now be able to offer strong voice based authentication, but it doesn’t end there. VoiceVault is offering a development toolkit specifically designed for the creation of Chinese language apps.

Shortly after that announcement, VoiceVault also announced the release of its mobile-exclusive voice biometric platform, ViGo. Targeted at the developer market, ViGo is designed as an of the shelf solution, ready to create and deploy voice biometrics in a mobile app.

Making the shift from voice recognition to speech recognition, we ended the week with news of how the latter is encouraging the adoption of mobile electronic health records (EHR) in the healthcare industry. Nuance Communications announced that Infirmary Health has been achieving increased and rapid adoption of EHR after deploying the company’s speech recognition technology as featured in the Haiku and Canto apps from Epic which are being used for hands-free note taking. Physicians dictate to their mobile devices and the associated record is updated.

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