People use laptops and smartphones to save and organise their entire life - protected only by a password or a PIN. However, often these are not secure, because users do not choose or store them well. With biometric identifiers such as fingerprints, voice or iris scans, users can be identified easily and securely. Computer scientists from the University of Saarland and the University of Stuttgart are now introducing a new biometric identifier which can be used with the eye wear computer Google Glass. Their system “SkullConduct” uses the skull to provide a digital access code. In the future this new method could also secure smartphones.
“Eye wear computers such as Google Glass are already being used in companies and universities, for helping with physics experiments and in chemistry labs, documenting medical examinations and assisting pediatricians during operations,” said Andreas Bulling from the Cluster of Excellence on “Multimodal Computing and Interaction” at Saarland University.
There the 35-year-old computer scientist leads the research group “Perceptual User Interfaces” and researches at the neighboring Max Planck Institute for Informatics. “Not only may the users have no hands free to enter a password, they often share a Google Glass and save sensitive data on the device,” said Bulling.
To protect the eye wear computer and its data in case of theft, and to identify legitimate users and prove their authenticity, Bulling has developed, along with Youssef Oualil, also from Saarland University, and Stefan Schneegass, from the University of Stuttgart, a new method.