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  1. ‘One glance’ is all you’ll need to unlock this 1st ‘iris-scan’ smartphone

‘One glance’ is all you’ll need to unlock this 1st ‘iris-scan’ smartphone

A new Japanese smartphone, which is the first device to ever own an eye scanning feature to enable activation, is about to hit the shelves.

By: | London | Published: May 25, 2015 8:52 AM

A new Japanese smartphone, which is the first device to ever own an eye scanning feature to enable activation, is about to hit the shelves.

The Arrows NX F-04G from Fujitsu comes with a first of its kind iris recognition system that will allow users to unlock the device, sign into apps and even authorise payments, the Independent reported.

An infrared LED works in tandem with the phone’s front-facing camera to illuminate the structure of the coloured part of your eye, and snap a reliable likeness.

Much as with fingerprint scanners on current mobiles, you need to train the system by looking at animated circles on the screen until the software makes a decent individual match, and then the more you use it, the smarter it gets.

Owners of the phone, which goes on sale in Japan later in May, will already benefit from support from the likes of Google, PayPal and Microsoft’s payment systems on top of many more thanks to the FIDO (Fast IDentity Online) authentication standard to which the iris recognition system conforms.

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