You will soon be able to unlock your smartphone simply by looking at it as Fujitsu has developed an iris recognition system which is unbreakable.
Demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the technology was added to one of Fujitsu's current range of smartphones but before the end of the year, the company said that it plans on commercializing the technology by launching a smartphone with the system included.
Iris recognition technology is an automated method of biometric identification that uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques on video images of one or both of the irises, whose complex random patterns are unique, stable, and can be seen from some distance.
Fujitsu said that from the age of two, your irises remain stable and don't degrade.
Fujitsu's system relies on an infrared LED and an infrared camera to scan your eyes and a Fujitsuspokesperson said the company had already worked out how to integrate these components into a slim smartphone form factor.
The system can be used to unlock your phone or gain access to a particular app if it has more sensitive data.
While the system on display was using a consumer-focused, the company is also planning to roll this out more widely in business and industrial situations.
Your iris is as unique an identifier as your fingerprint or the veins in your palm, both identifying methods which have been used widely until now. Fujitsu said that in many situations it will be much simpler to scan your iris than your finger or palm prints.
To register your iris pattern on the system, all you need to do is stare at the camera for around 15-20 second. Once that happens, it then took just one second for the camera to recognise my iris and unlock the phone.
Fujitsu sells its smartphone mainly in its home territory of Japan but the company told me it plans on expanding he number of countries its operates in during 2015.