Human skull used by researchers for biometric recognition
Human skull used by researchers for biometric recognition

Issues arrive as many technological advancements take place. When it comes to privacy, the situation becomes a major issue. Similarly, Google Glass-based biometric system using the skull for the provision of information via devices was developed by scientists from Germany. A new system called “SkullConduct” has recently been introduced by Computer scientists from the University of Saarland and the University of Stuttgart in Germany. This enables the skull to give us digital access code that could surely be used for protection of smartphones.

Andreas Bulling who hails from the Cluster of Excellence at the Saarland University describes that, “Eyewear 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, not only may the users have no hands free to enter a password, they often share a Google Glass among each other and save sensitive data on the device”.

There are some components of the Google Glass as for instance miniature microphone, bone conduction speaker etc. Bone conduction is fixed in a frame somewhere near the right ear. Sound transmits like the function of special hearing aids via bone conduction. Straightly to the inner ear, it orders sound vibrations with the help of surrounding skull bone. Andreas Bulling further explained that as the skull is individual, the sound signal is changed in a way which is unique for every person and that’s the reason we can use it as a biometric identifier.

This newly emerged method is 97% percent accurate. However, some discrepancies expected to arrive.

In a nut shell, a conference held in San Jose, California named “Human Factors in Computing Systems” provided an opportunity to the researchers to discuss this method in detail and report it as well.


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