Intel explores wearable biometrics with ‘Identity IQ’
24 August 2015 09:45 GMT

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Chipmaker Intel is developing identity technology that combines a motion-sensing bracelet module with facial recognition.

In a statement last week, Intel noted that it is developing the Curie module, a small hardware chip that it has built to be “extremely power efficient” for “always-on” applications.

The Curie sensor module is perfect for use in motion-sensing wrist-wearables.

Due for release by the end of 2015, one of its key uses will be continuous authentication, “enabling automatic login when in close proximity.”

The module, revealed at the firm’s annual developer conference in San Francisco, is linked to an SDK called “Intel IQ”, which will have identity, sporting and social applications.

The “Identity IQ” application from the SDK will use optional facial recognition and authentication tokens to enable users to login into PCs and devices.

The facial recognition involved will likely use Intel’s RealSense tech, which offers depth sensing capabilities to 3D cameras, sensors and other software..

Also at the conference, Intel revealed a vending machine fitted with a RealSense camera that allows the machine to identify a person, their gender and even their age before displayting targeted ads to that person via a transparent display.

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