Weekly 'Pulse' Issue 44

Our weekly round-up of thought-starters, opportunities & ideas...

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Future Facing

Facial recognition technology is gaining mass momentum in China with the development of tools that enable the human face to act as certification for mobile payments, ride-sharing apps and even rail tickets.

Several start-ups have transformed the omnipresent nature of video surveillance in China from a purely government initiative into the world of consumerism. Systems developed by the start-up Face++ integrate with Alipay, the mobile payment app used by more than 120 million Chinese consumers, to facilitate secure personal payments. The local ride-hailing company Didi also uses Face++ software to verify legitimate drivers, giving consumers an additional layers of security when using ride-sharing services.

Predictions suggest facial recognition technology will become an increasingly vital tool in day-to-day consumer interactions as the evolution of machine learning continues to grow exponentially.

Read more at: https://goo.gl/qCi2Le

How else could facial-recognition technologies be deployed to deliver seamless customer experiences?


If The Ring Fits

Token is a revolutionary new wearable device developed by husband-and-wife duo Steve and Melanie Shapiro at the Institute Of Technology in Rochester, New York. The Token ring replaces the need to carry your wallet, house keys, transit pass or remember the password to your computer.

The biometric-based ring is enabled with a fingerprint scanner unique to the individual wearer, and the information stored in the ring will only become accessible when the ring is being worn by the owner. The Token ring can store your credit card details, open your house or car door and even access your computer with a double knuckle-tap on the keyboard.

Read more at: https://goo.gl/sWXS77

How can we harness the possibilities of biometric technology to create a more secure future for our personal data?


Body Circuit

A research team at MIT's Media Lab have uncovered a new way to incorporate the human body into the control of electronic devices, borrowing from the unassuming concept of temporary tattoos.

DuoSkin is made from a conductive gold metal leaf material that enables the wearer to control their smartphones, computers and other devices by touch. The on-skin user interface functions like any other conductive material that responds to an electronic circuit, however they look just like the gold and silver temporary tattoos popular with festival-goers.

Read more at: https://goo.gl/f5GDAo

How could other smart technologies and interfaces be disguised to better fit into everyday wear?