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CES 2018: FotoNation Brings Iris Recognition To VR and AR Experiences

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What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear “iris recognition”? Unless you have a particular interest in security solutions, the answer is probably a device that asks to scan your eyes and upon authentication, grant you access to it. Most likely a phone, after last year’s smartphone launches with biometric integration. But that’s not the only device this type of security can keep safe from hackers and prying eyes. At this week’s CES, FotoNation will debut IrisXR, the first-in-its-class iris recognition solution for VR, AR or MR gear #realitymagic

Like we said last week, CES is not just the world’s premiere tech event for smart home appliances, concept cars, VR hardware and wearables. It’s also a place to find out about the cutting-edge technologies that give these gadgets’ a reason to exist.

This year, FotoNation, an Xperi Corporation brand, is putting an emphasis on virtual reality technologies. Besides debuting an exciting solution to beautify people in 360-degree videos (that you can read about here), the company is bringing to the market a dedicated security solution. 

In the first quarter of this year, FotoNation’s IrisXR will protect mixed reality headset users against spoofing using the proprietary MIRLIN® iris recognition technology. Unlike other technologies, this offer liveliness detection and has a false acceptance rate of 1 in 10 million.

Basically, you can put your headset on and enjoy VR apps, AR business experiences and MR conferences without fearing for the security of the information transmitted.

The usual obstacles with headsets – large occlusions, wider eye gaze angles – are no longer of importance it appears, as FotoNation’s solution has been tweaked to work without hiccups in the VR environment. Two other perks (that will appeal greatly to OEMs) are low power consumption and a small memory footprint. 

“Being a leader in the mobile space for high-performance imaging solutions, we were able to bring the high level of security featured in mobile device technology into IrisXR,” said Geir Skaaden, executive vice president and chief products and services officer, Xperi Corporation. “We are proud to bring this cutting-edge technology to market and offer a biometric solution that addresses several wearable challenges and is the right technology, not only for security but also for personalizing experiences. We believe iris biometrics in the AR, VR and MR markets will set a new trend for years to come.”

It’s no wonder the company is scaling their solution for VR/AR/MR devices. In 2021, the headset market is expected to grow to 100 million units shipped, from the 10 million ones reported in 2016.

Stay tuned to find out more about the emerging mixed reality trends from CES 2018!

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