Samsung’s freshly-launched Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge boast fantastic fingerprint scanners, but the Korean giant is reportedly already looking at a fresher, more secure form of biometric recognition: iris scanning.
The Seoul-based electronics company has entered into a deal with the Stanford Research Institute, the folks behind Apple’s digital assistant Siri, for exclusive access to Stanford’s “Iris on the Move” tech. SRI announced the deal on its website and confirmed that Samsung is looking to use iris scanners for its latest tablet.
“SRI has entered into a supply agreement to start production and sales of the IOM technology-embedded Samsung mobile products for B2B applications,” a spokesperson said, before confirming that Samsung hopes to deliver a customised Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 with a built-in IOM iris scanner – something that’s likely to make it hot property in the business world.
The iris scanning technology, which SRI claims is a stunning 1,000 times more accurate than a fingerprint, would let users unlock their device simply by peeking at it. Best of all, you don’t even have to hold the thing still or position your peeper an inch away from the lens, thanks to the so-called “glance-and-go” system.
Whether the tech will make it to Samsung’s standard consumer devices is unknown, though sadly it seems unlikely, for the time being at least. Business-centric hardware always commands top dollar and Samsung may wish to keep the new and potentially costly technology for its enterprise products, currently being beefed up with the help of partners like BlackBerry.
The specialised Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 will be unveiled in April at the International Security Conference and Exposition (ISC) in Las Vegas, before launching worldwide. In the meantime, we’re interested to see how Apple responds. Get ready for the iPhone 7, rocking a special built-in colonic mapping module.