This new type of biometric identification from NEC Corporation provides a way to verify a wearer's identity by their inner ear shape

With improving technology, biometric identification is becoming more and more available as a means to verify someone's identity. Japanese company NEC Corporation has created an earphone device that has the ability to recognize different elements of a user's ear. This personal identification technology works by using sound to specifically map human ear cavities, which can be used to distinguish individuals. The company has successfully tested to see how sound waves and acoustics can be used to determine all this information.

“Since the new technology does not require particular actions such as scanning a part of the body over an authentication device, it enables a natural way of conducting continuous authentication, even during movement and while performing work, simply by wearing an earphone with a built-in microphone to listen to the sounds within ears,” said Shigeki Yamagata, NEC Corporation's general manager of Information and Media Processing Laboratories.

NEC believes this technology will help avoid identity fraud specifically in safety and security operations. It even has the ability to provide voice guidance services and wireless communication when necessary.

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With improving technology, biometric identification is becoming more and more available as a means to verify someone's identity. Japanese company NEC Corporation has created an earphone device that has the ability to recognize different elements of a user's ear. This personal identification technology works by using sound to specifically map human ear cavities, which can be used to distinguish individuals. The company has successfully tested to see how sound waves and acoustics can be used to determine all this information.