innovation

Canadian Government and Mastercard Announce $510 Million Cybersecurity Innovation Facility

Canadian Government and Mastercard Announce $510 Million Cybersecurity Innovation Facility

Mastercard and the Government of Canada have announced a new $510 million facility for the city of Vancouver that will focus on cybersecurity and tech innovation. The project was announced by Mastercard and federal Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, last week, and will include a $49 million subsidy…

New Google Tech Makes Virtual User Interface Possible

New Google Tech Makes Virtual User Interface Possible

Google is breaking new ground with a small radar sensor that can precisely detect small movements such as hand and finger gestures. Called Soli, the technology is being developed by the company’s Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) team. The Soli device is square-shaped, smaller than a fingernail, and looks like a microchip, but it’s actually…

Yahoo Exploring Touchscreen Biometrics

Yahoo Exploring Touchscreen Biometrics

Yahoo has unveiled a new system that can use ear and knuckle patterns to authenticate users, according to a PCWorld article by Tim Hornyak. The company discussed the new system at the 2015 Computer-Human Interaction Conference in Seoul. Called Bodyprint, the system uses a smartphone’s touchscreen to scan the imprints of ears, knuckles, palms, and…

Hats Off to Ear Shape Biometrics

Hats Off to Ear Shape Biometrics

A biometrics developer will be showing off a unique modality at this year’s CES on the Hill event in Washington DC: ear biometrics. Developed by Descartes Biometrics Inc., the HELIX system can identify individuals based on the appearance of their unique ear shapes. HELIX boasts of a cross-platform library and is compatible with most camera-equipped…

New Tech Can Double Smartphone Battery Life

New Tech Can Double Smartphone Battery Life

Appliance developer Dyson has teamed up with a University of Michigan startup to bring vastly more effective batteries to the mass market, according to an article by Samuel Gibbs in the Guardian. The technology comes by way of an eight-year-old company called Sakti3, and is said to allow the development of batteries that have twice the storage…