Report: Biometrics to aid ‘human interface’ development
11 December 2014 09:37 GMT

Smartphones will move beyond touchscreens for commands, says Juniper.

Smartphones will move beyond touchscreens for commands, and biometric data such as iris features, fingerprints and gesture and facial recognition will increasingly be used instead as a “human interface” for interaction, says a new report by UK consultancy Juniper Research.

The increasing role smartphones play in different facets of human life will demand that handset manufacturers develop new modes of control beyond touchscreens, says Juniper in the report “Human Interface Technologies: Small Gestures, Big Opportunities”.

“Biometric interfaces will play a key role in enhancing user experience and handset security”, said the firm. 

Juniper believes that software, not hardware, will be “key to unlocking potential in the touchless and biometric space”, becuase hardware has already developed enough to the point where it can record our biometrics.

"Cameras now detect face and eye movements, microphones offer a gateway to voice activated commands and touch screens can detect biometric identifiers such as ear, palm and vein prints.”

“By 2019, handsets with two or more cameras will be almost ubiquitous, poising the Human Interface sector for dynamic growth .. With enabling technology already embedded into handsets, it will be far easier for users to download appware that can make use of features such as the camera, gyroscope or microphone beyond their original purpose..”

The group estimates that by 2019, the global market for services based on gesture and biometric interface technologies will be worth an estimated $1.2 billion, up from less than $2 million this year.

The report also points out that this year, more than 16 million Human Interface apps will be downloaded to smartphones and tablets worldwide, a figure which is set to enjoy dynamic growth through to 2019.