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The new frontier of biometric access: the body odor

March 27, 2014 Biotechnology No Commenti
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The Universidad Politécnica de Madrid has added to the biometric recognition tools already on the market, another ingredient: the body odor. Identification parameter that, according to the researchers may soon be used for a reliable recognition through personal characteristics and biological properties. So we’ll be able to filter people based on the scent they emit.

The challenge is identify and isolate, in the safest way, the odorous signature that characterized each of us. In fact, it isn’t the single odor, but the pattern of odors that characterizes us in the course of life. This smell remains stable and it’s the unmistakable signature that tomorrow will help us to embark on an airplane or go into the bank. Today the control of our identity, in many airports or border crossings, is based on the physical resemblance to the picture of an identity card or a passport. Limit that can be easily crossed. In the future will be increasingly difficult to tamper the new electronic documents, the use of biometric techniques that do leverage on the physical characteristics of a person will increase the levels of safety. On the other hand from many years, the accesses through biometric recognition make the public and private places more confident, drastically raising the level of protection.

At the moment the rate of recognition of the new system is estimated around 85%, in addition the odor of the body can vary over time and the sensors available are not yet very precise. So the new technology isn’t comparable to the reliability of biometric systems as the most advanced iris scanning, the reading of the fingerprint or the facial recognition. We’ll have to wait a little longer to see electronic noses in the areas of access.

Wearable Technology: tattoo-microphone by Motorola

November 20, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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As we know, the technology is more and more wearable, but the new invention by Motorola will leave everyone breathless. The American company, which was acquired by Google for a long time, intends to focus on electronic tattoos. The technical term is “Coupling an electronic Skin Tattoo to a Mobile Communication Device. It seems a normal tattoo, most probably like an invisible patch, with the function of a microphone, Bluetooth connectivity, capable of interfacing with mobile devices. This will also work with animals and also as “lie detector”, through the analysis of the resistance of the skin during vocal expression, index of nervous tension.

The electronic tattoo consists of a sensor to detect the sounds produced by our vocal cords; when the sound is decoded then it’s forwarded to your smartphone or tablet connected via bluetooth. Surely the idea lends itself to many applications, first of all, it can work as invisible microphone for security and surveillance operations, combining the most technological tools already present in the same field. Now it’s difficult to predict how this tattoo will be produced. The more realistic idea is one that sees the construction of transparent patches that can be applied, but similarly removed. Already long Google in its section of research and development is carrying out the realization of the so called “biostamp”, transparent patches consist of electronic circuits that can be applied on devices and that interact with them while not being physically connected.

There are still numerous doubts on ​​Motorola’s idea. How the device can be powered up? Which is the effective use of the electronic tattoo?. If it’s true that its main function is a simple microphone, how can we communicate? The communication, as we knows, needs of a microphone and a speaker. It’s clear that if you want listen our interlocutor, you still need to have an ear device. Would be more appropriate to use an earpiece. We can’t know what are the real intentions and the actual developments of what for now remains the outline of an idea.

The new frontier of biometric controls: the voice

October 29, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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It’s enough pronounce short and simple sentences to be identified uniquely by computer systems. It would seem this, the new generation of biometric recognizers (Voice Biometrics).The voice will replace, as the biometric accesses have done for the locks, pin and password for computers, smartphones and tablets, to make online purchases, enable home banking services and bookings. And also access to personal files, photos and movies stored on the cloud. In this way, there will be less anxiety for the chance to forget the numerical combination or to push the wrong button.

All this will be possible thanks to parameters such as frequency, timbre and extension; through them, the voice becomes an unique element that characterizes each person. Just like the fingerprints and the ocular identification systems through the iris. So, it will be able to bring down the costs for the enterprise control. To realize a voice recognition system is enough a microphone coupled to the software. With Voice Biometrics saying single words or phrases, even meaningless, the system knows the identity through a sophisticated algorithm that analyzes the voice.

According to a survey, many people are stressed by numerical combinations. Each person has about eleven username and password.The new solutions will become more and more as biometrics method of personal authentication, convenient and useful also to prevent fraud and counterfeiting.

A micro camera in place of the eye

October 4, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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Rob Spence, 36 years old, canadian director. At 9 years old, an accident with his grandfather’s gun deprived him of an eye. Many interventions not gone well. Watching American TV series, a few years ago, he has the idea of a bionic eye. So he contacted a California company specialized in miniature cameras for portable devices that provided him with a tiny camera, just 3.2 square millimeters with a resolution of 328x 250 pixels adapted to his eye.

Today he has a micro camera in the eyeball. The camera hasn’t really replaced the natural eye: it isn’t connected to the brain, but for his work as documentary filmmaker is a great help, he transmits wireless to any portable device whatever its “eye” sees.

In reality, Rob has different eyes, more than one. A white one that acts as a prosthesis that he leads under the bandage, two with a camera inside and one hyper-realistic. The decision of Spencer, also known as “eyeborg man”, has aroused different reactions. Who says it’s just a publicity stunt, who accused him of breach of privacy.

Of course the use of a miniature camera in every context can bring great benefits in terms of security and surveillance and, for documentary purposes, it knows no comparisons. Always smaller in size, the best companies are able to hide them everywhere: ties, pens, sunglasses, key rings and all sorts of objects. In many cases the only solution to situations that would otherwise not be verified and offer resolutions worthy of the film industry.

Two masks to have super powers

May 21, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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They’re coming superheroes, or rather, super powers. After the smart glasses that promise an “augmented reality”, come from England, Eidos, two masks that will enhance sight and hearing. The appearance of the tool is quite aseptic: white plastic and squared traits.

The mask, hearing dedicated, covers mouth and ears as an helmet without the top. Inside there is a directional microphone that allows you to isolate a sound source while a processor analyzes the received sounds and purifies them from any noise. Then, it sends them to the ear through two speakers and a system of bone vibration so you can hear clearly what is happening at several meters away. The mechanism is very similar to that of the most advanced models of directional microphones that from years excellently fulfill the amplifying function for remote listening.

The second mask, sight dedicated, looks like a pair of giant glasses that cover eyes, forehead and cheeks, the parts left uncovered by the other complementary mask. The surface is perforated with holes of different sizes. Under this sheath is placed a tiny camera that takes everything that happens in front of the wearer. An internal processor elaborates the images captured and projected onto a screen allowing you to see a movement in its sequences. The idea seems taken directly from the chrono-photography, photographic technique of the late nineteenth century that allowed you to record moving objects by taking pictures in rapid sequences.

The creators, a group of students from the Royal College of Art in London, expressed the purpose of the masks: to isolate and analyze the information separtaing them from the chaos of everyday life. In a practical sense the applications can be many, from the the medical to entertainment. At a concert, for example, you could hear in a detached manner the performance of a single instrument. Children with attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder could be focused towards the teacher who speaks, calcelling other sounds. And much more.

Beyond aesthetics, very flashy and impractical, the tools are inserted into the modern “wearable” technology. But the prototype isn’t still perfect in form and substance. Fortunately there are useful tools tested and trusted as directional microphones and micro cameras that offer excellent performances at low prices.

How airport body scanners work

March 29, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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There are millions of travelers each day that are subject to monitoring through the body scanners or, more technically, millimetral scanner. These security tools “lay bare” the passengers to check what is hidden under clothing.

In the beginning these instruments were introduced to avoid the search “by hand” by the agents of airports. Until a few years ago, the X-ray detectors could see only metal objects possibly present under the clothes.
Millimetral scanners, however, are lighter radiation, but at very high frequency (millimeter waves, in the order of Terahertz (112 Hertz)) crossing the clothes, but they’re partially reflected from any object, even non-metallic, and skin. The opaque materials (for example clothes) become transparent with this device allowing to distinguish any hidden objects.

In the most popular devices in the U.S., the millimeter-wave are transmitted simultaneously from two antennas that rotate around the body. The energy of the waves reflected from the body or from other objects is collected by two detectors placed diametrically to the object and then used to reconstruct a 3D image.

The scan lasts 2-3 seconds and raises some concerns regarding privacy. People scanned appear virtually naked and then you can see everything including any breast implants or piercings in sparsely exposed parts.

At this concern was answered by putting the operator that observes images in a room from which he can’t see passengers directly. Furthermore, at least in the U.S., passengers can refuse to pass through the scanner, preferring to be searched by an agent. The system also doesn’t provide at the time the ability to save and store images.

Contrary to what one might think, electromagnetic waves used have a power 10 thousand times lower than those of a common mobile phone and aren’t considered ionizing, ie aren’t able to break the bond that unites electrons and nucleuses in a atom, therefore they aren’t overly harmful to health. It could be said that privacy and health are slightly sacrificed for security. In fact, the biometry is often applied to the surveillance industry, just think to the fingerprint locks increasingly used both in private companies and in public places. These allow for greater security due to the singularity of the recognition and offer alternative management methods used in the absence of electric current.

The electronic bracelets will change our daily life

March 18, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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The introduction of wearable electronic devices will bring profound changes in our daily lives. After the smart glasses, comes Myo, the bracelet designed by the U.S. Thalmic Labs.

It’s enough move your fingers to interact with your PC and other devices: scroll the pages up or down, start playing music or video, rotate the arm as virtual knob to increase the volume, raise a hand to block a play, interact with a presentation of work.

The creators have recorded a series of electrical pulses on the basis of our movements and then translate them into thousands of digital controls. They analyzed the connections of the human muscle, both at rest and in action, producing electrical microvolt. Using the technique of electromyography, the sensors placed inside Myo have the ability to amplify of thousands of times the recording of the signal, sending it to an internal processor which performs machine learning algorithms. The device, wirelessly connected (using the bluetooth system 4.0), allows you to interact with remote computers, video games, smart phones and appliances.

Myo improves with time, because as the device is used, it learns to recognize always better the gestures of the user, thereby increasing its accuracy. Obviously the product now is limited to the hands and arms, but in the future may also relate to other parts of the body. The bracelet will be on sale at the end of 2013 to about $ 149.

In fact, the bracelets are items that have numerous uses. One example is the anti drowning and anti loss Endoacustica’s bracelet. For years the device is chosen for the safety of thousands of children.
The bracelet is connected to a base unit which sends an alarm if the wearer comes into contact with the water or moves away over a predetermined limit (usually 50mt). A great way to keep track of their children, but also domestic animals when you are outdoors.

Enter into the screen and interact with the PC

March 5, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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From time immemorial, the man try to interact as much as possible with machines. Now have been patented powerful tools used by law enforcement to look through walls, for example, or the more and more used of biometric access systems.

The new frontier is Leap Motion and will be on the market within a few months. It’s a box to be placed under the PC or TV screen and allow you to enter physically into the device. The Leap Motion works roughly like Kinect, the system webcam for the Xbox 360 console from Microsoft. Thanks to a field of infrared rays, projecting upwards and translates the gestures into commands interpretable by the computer.

Long about 76.2 mm, a little more than a USB, occupies the same type of port, through which it interfaces to a PC or TV, and is capable of detecting the movement of the hands and of individual fingers in a field of view of 150° of amplitude, with a speed of 290 frames per second and a detection accuracy of the movement of only a hundredth of a millimeter.

Therefore allow you to move files, open documents, enlarge a photo, moving your hand in front of the screen. The idea is of Buckwald Michael and David Holz founders of the company of the device. Buckwald has worked for several years in the three-dimensional graphics struggling in having to work hard and for a long time with the mouse to get good results. So the two have had the idea to enter into the program, making them easier the work.

The project has quickly gathered over thirty million dollars in funding and more than forty thousand developers have registered on the site to start creating the first applications, already numerous.

This item could be the step of overcoming the relationship man-machine no longer divided by a screen, thanks to simple motion sensors and technologies that are increasingly precise and low cost. In fact the cost would be around $70. Leap Motion developers are discussing with the giants of consumer technology to directly integrate the device in laptops.

The new touchless method could bring significant benefits not only for graphic projects or action games, but it could have valuable applications in medical and scientific field.

The human GPS to know their origins

February 4, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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A few months ago in the magazine Nature Genetics appeared a new research related to human genetic mapping. The scientific work speaks of a probabilistic method that combines the genetic traits of each individual to geographical coordinates in order to identify the geographic origins of each person by mapping its complete lineage related to migration that have characterized the various populations over time. Scientists have studied the genetic mutations (SNPs) that have occurred in the human genome and were sent to the inhabitants according to the different geographical areas of origin. The probability that a person possesses these mutations today depending on the geographic location of his ancestors. They are therefore the genetic mutations “transported” in several generations to configure the natural GPS of DNA.

The study resulted a mathematical algorithm based on probabilistic mutations in the genome, which identifies the geographical origin of their ancestors.
The method may, therefore, be a valuable support both in the medical field to study such diseases that affect a particular group of individuals and in zoological field to understand the causes that led to migrations and habitat changes of the animals.

Always of “human GPS” spoke Steven M. Reppert, a neurobiologist at the University of Massachusetts, that along with some colleagues, he discovered that humans, like many animals, may be able to sense the Earth’s magnetic field. The “sense of orientation” of which we hear about, so could have a scientific explanation.

Reppert has been studying the monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) identifying in cryptochromes, special light-sensitive proteins, the orientation system of the insect. The butterfly would orient watching the sun at day, while at night these proteins are sensitive to the Earth’s magnetic field, allowing the butterfly to find their way home in the dark. The same gene that encodes the cryptochromes is also active in humans, and this has led scientists to think that we might be able to “feel” the magnetic fields.

Fortunately, those who haven’t great orientative skills can rely on safe localization systems or GSM tracker that ensure the validity of the information even when our “sense of orientation” fails. With these tools it’s easy to find parked cars, house keys, luggage, but also don’t lose sight of children or animals.

iShoes, footwear branded Apple

January 30, 2013 Biotechnology No Commenti
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Steve Jobs in the 90s gave to Apple employees a pair of white sneakers with logo on the tongue and the word “Apple” on the side. Last autumn the staff of the bitten apple had fun imagining, between reality and fantasy, the next big company products. Pets robot, glasses, innovative bikes and someone hypothesized a pair of sneakers: the iShoes.

The company has filed to the U.S. patents office, a request for a system of sensors and connectivity inserted in footwear. Unlike smartwatch or other wearable devices, smart shoes don’t constitute an extension of your smartphone, but they are primarily an instrument of self-tracking for runners or simple pedestrians (it also speaks of boots). The sensors can be inserted in the heel or take the form of a layer which passes through the shoe. In the patent it’s stated that the iShoes will be equipped with accelerometers and pressure sensors integrated in the sole that allows the monitoring of the performances, but also, and above all, the measurement of parameters such as the posture, the position of the foot in the shoe…It also speaks of the measurement of shoes level of wear that make impossible to wear shoes that are too worn ensuring a healthy posture. The data, once collected, are transferred to other personal devices such as smartphones or tablet.
This expedient is considered by many as a ploy to push the sales that could be taken into consideration for many garments of clothing or objects of any kind.

The wearable devices represent an horizon of the market more and more close. These have always been a priority for control and monitoring. An example closer to the concrete can be represented by GPS trackers or bugs that, due to their small size, they can be implanted almost anywhere: belts, ties, glasses watches, necklaces…The small size didn’t reduce the potentialities, indeed they were amplified.
DVR “All in one” of Endoacustica, for example, allow to you the audio/video recording and, considered its minimum size, can be hidden almost anywhere. The DVR is able to make audio and video files of high quality, thanks to the hight resolution component video and to the powerful microphone preamp. Not only, with “All in one”, you can take great pictures in high resolution, with just one click.

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