From smart phones to the grocery checkout line, biometrics are a part of millions of lives. Our trust in biometric identity has increased so much in the last 15 years that we are beginning to prefer using it over traditional passwords. Biometrics offers convenience and, experts agree, are far more accurate than traditional ways of proving identity.
Soon, it will be crazy to think that we used to prove our identity with bits of paper, metal, and plastic that could easily be lost, stolen, or forgotten. As we zip through everything from border controls to concert venues with biometric identification methods, we won’t want to go back.
Because of our collective comfort level in using them, biometrics has boomed in the last ten years. Here are four unexpected ways biometrics are already being used:
1. To gauge people’s emotions
A recent medical project is using AI and facial recognition to recognize the real-time emotions of disabled and Autistic children by using facial landmarks. Outside of healthcare, Listerine created an app that aims to help blind people see smiles.
2. To improve your sleep
Companies like Ghostbed and Eight Sleep are putting sensors in mattresses to collect data on how a person is sleeping, like their temperature, heart rate, breathing, and movements. They hope that by tracking this behavior, it will lead to better overall health. Other companies, like Beddit and at one point even Amazon, have created widgets to track your sleep to achieve similar goals.
3. To prevent thieves from stealing your car
Biometrics in automobiles is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing verticals. Researchers have designed seats that can identify a person by his or her backside (yes, you read that right!). By using 360 pressure sensors, they can match the pressure points a person applies on a seat to 98% accuracy. As the automotive industry advances, it will continue to use AI and biometrics to get an edge over competitors.
4. To keep your pet healthy
Some companies have created smart collars that collect a pet’s vitals, health, and physical activity. They believe that collecting data and correlating vital signs with illnesses will lead to better understanding of animal health. This will in turn lead to better treatments and medicines.
As the future unfolds, biometric technology will permeate our lives. It will make both the physical and digital worlds more convenient, as well as more secure. Hand-based biometrics are accurate, inclusive, and privacy friendly, making it the best choice for building our future. We’re excited to be a part of this movement.