Intel is actively developing a palm vein reading technology that it hopes will replace the need for passwords in the future. This technology was recently demonstrated at IDF 2012 by Intel director of security research, Mr. Sridhar Iyengar.
During the demonstration, a tablet equipped with customized software and a biometric sensor, which has the capability to recognize the veins in a person’s palm. Each person's palm vein pattern is unique, akin to his own fingerprints. As part of the demonstration, Mr. Sridhar Iyengar waved his hand in front of the tablet’s sensor. Once the slate recognized him, it was able to communicate his identity to social networks, including information systems on which his personal accounts reside, all without the need for cumbersome passwords.
According to Intel, this technology works better than current devices that are equipped with biometric fingerprint readers. Such readers may not work well with stained fingertips that will interfere with the reader's ability to scan finger prints. These readers are also susceptible to wear and tear as it needs to come into physical contact with the user's finger for a successful print scan. Intel also plans to work with service providers in order to take full advantage of this new implementation of palm vein reading biometric technology.
This demonstration of Intel's palm vein reading technology was part of the keynote address by Intel's chief technology officer, Justin Rattner. For more highlights of his presentation, please visit this link here.
(Source: Intel, Reuters)