Its almost unfathomable to think that sci-fi movies that featured mind-boggling futuristic advances could be within our grasp. But such is the case. For those that remember the 'Minority Report' starring Tom Cruise, you might be surprised to learn that some of the technology featured in that movie is coming soon to an iPhone near you.
In short order we will be able to purchase APIs that will allow shopkeepers to greet you by name and credit card payments will be able to be made by cellphones by just staring into your hand-held device.
And while developers aren't quite there yet with the Minority Report's hologram computers, TAT, a Swedish mobile interface specialist agency has just launched a 'facial recognition' device.
Their 'Augmented ID Concept' uses facial recognition in their new Recognizr android app. By simply pointing a mobile phone camera at someone you will be able to see their various social networks appear next to their face.
Recognizr puts the user in control of who they want to broadcast information to or who cannot access any data at all, even if the other person is a subscriber to Recognizr. It will be coming soon to Android phones. Stay tuned for its availability.
On another front, AOptix Technologies and Microsoft Global Security Operation out of Redmond, Washington have just inked a deal that uses adaptive optics technology to verifies a subject's identity once it has detected the eyes of an individual within a 6 feet range.
At the same time, Sarnoff Corporation launched its next generation of its 'Iris on the Move' (IOM) which combines the extraordinary accuracy of iris recognition with the speed and convenience of a pass-through system that you might incur at an airport.
While other iris scanning technologies require users to stop or stare directly into a scanner, IOM technology works at speeds of up to thirty people per minute, allowing subjects to walk through the system at a standard pace, without stopping to look into a scanner.
Around the globe, several airports have eye-detection security programs in place already. At Schiphol Airport, Netherlands, iris recognition has permitted passport-free immigration since 2001 as well as several Canadian airports using it for pre-approved, low-risk air travelers.
So as this type of technology advances, there will be very few places to hide anymore - unless, of course, you're a savvy criminal. As difficult as it might seem, no matter what the advancement, people will learn how to game the system. For instance, as seen in the Minority Report, eye fraud can be accomplished. Take a look at this YouTube vid - Here you'll see the principal character undergoing an eye transplant in order to change his identity - but then continues to use his original eyes to gain access to restricted locations. Now that's ingenuity!
( Note: While the sound is missing, you'll see the work-around the Tom Cruise character was able to figure out!)