six-year-old iPhone keeps chugging along. in risky move past year apple chose to by-pass the carriers in europe. via washington post [RK]
your eyes may soon replace your passwords. EyeVerify coming to your smartphone in 2013. via washington post [RK]
Shareable reports on ryan rzepecki’s social bicycles system (SoBi):
Instead of relying on kiosks and docking stations to connect users to bikes, cyclists use their smartphones to locate, check out, and lock bikes–everything is portable, wireless, decentralized, and self-contained. The tech is stored in a small “lock box” attached to the rear wheel, which connects the bike to a central server. Users create an account with SoBi, find a bike through a call or smartphone app, and receive a code which they can use to unlock the bicycle from an ordinary rack. They can just enter their account info directly into the lock box; they use the same pin code every time, “just like with a bank card.”
20 bikes to be tested in nyc in 9/2010.
Using an Nokia N900, a University of Manchester (UK) research team has developed a prototype that quickly locks and tracks 22 facial features in real-time (even when upside down) using the Nokia’s front-facing camera. The Active Appearance modeling technique was developed for a EU-funded Mobile Biometrics (MoBio) project as a means of using face verification to authenticate smartphone access to social media sites.
There’s no word yet on when we come face-to-face with this technology.