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Meta files hundreds of patents for technologies to track users' movements to improve its metaverse

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Meta aims to make realistic avatars for its metaverse and plans to do so by tacking users' every move with customized technologies. The company recently filed a trove of patents for these innovations that monitor facial expressions, eye movements and body poses of players. The patents describe a device that sits around user's waist to track their body poses, sensor-packed gloves to monitor hand gestures and glasses to immerse players in the digital world. Another application shows images of an'avatar personalization engine' that creates 3-D avatars based on a user's photos using tools such as a so-called skin replicator. Meta aims to make realistic avatars for its metaverse and plans to do so by watching users' every move with customized technologies.

Biometrics' potential on feature phones and data privacy threats illustrate AI reward and risk


Digital identity steps by Ethiopia's MOSIP-based system and in the U.S. to build digital identity systems made headlines this week in Biometric Update. The potential for feature phones to act as remote biometric capture devices to open up new markets is enormous, as Tech5's CEO explains. Ethiopia's national identity authority is carrying out public consultations on the legislative framework for the planned digital ID system, and recently held a webinar to gather input from stakeholders. A representative from the NIDP explained the draft legislation and implementation plans, which utilize the MOSIP platform, in the context of the country's longer term digital strategy for Biometric Update. A group of American digital identity stakeholders including the Better Identity Coalition has written to President Biden to propose a quartet of measures to turn the tide in the fight against identity theft.

iCognize applies for patent on biometric template-splitting technique


A patent application has been filed by iCognize for a method of splitting biometric templates for secure storage with protection against data breaches, the company has announced. The result of the template-splitting technique is a biometric data storage method which complies with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the company says. The method can also be applied to non-biometric data, such as tokens used in access control, iCognize states. The risk of biometric data being breached and rendered permanently unusable is often considered a downside of biometric systems with centralized databases. Between this risk, and the special categorization of biometrics as sensitive data under GDPR, iCognize suggests traditional methods of biometric template storage are unsuitable for various applications in Europe.

Apple AirPods could soon identify you based on the shape of your EAR CANAL, patent suggests

Daily Mail - Science & tech

Apple's AirPods could soon verify a user's identity based on the inside of their ear, which could stop them from being used by thieves. The tech giant has filed a patent for an in-ear biometric device that uses ultrasonic signals reflected against the walls of a user's ear canal. Such technology would prevent lost AirPods from being used by anyone other than the owner if they get misplaced or stolen. Currently, AirPods and other headphones pose a security risk because anyone can wear them to give Siri commands or even access private information. The product could'determine whether [the] users is an authorised user', although the patent doesn't specifically mention AirPods Biometrics are any metrics related to human features.

LG Electronics ignition system, Precise Biometrics automotive licensing deals unveiled


Car owners may soon be able to start up their cars using a face biometrics ignition solution rather than their car keys. This is possible thanks to the development of a system by LG Electronics which enables a car owner to start their car by having their facial expressions and finger movements recognized using in-built cameras, reports Digitimes. Explaining how the system works, the report states that the car owner's specific body parts are captured with one camera, and informs adjustments by the other camera, which captures their iris and other biometric characteristics. The car owner can then start up their cars and make certain controls to it using facial expressions and hand gestures. The report adds that the system is able to detect if a driver is tired or abruptly takes ill, from their facial and hand gestures as they drive.