Japanese device companies have been criticized for their failure to offer competitive alternatives to the latest from Apple and Korean neighbor Samsung, but they're still trying. A new innovation unveiled by KDDI at this week's CEATEC conference in Chiba, Japan could change the way you access your smartphone.
The cellphone maker's new palm recognition app essentially allows you to dispense with passwords and even fingerprint scanners, and simply authenticates your unique palm print using the existing camera on your smartphone. The user holds his hand in front of the camera for a few seconds, allowing the app to calibrate and identify unique points on the palm of the hand. After authentication, the user is presented with an onscreen unlock button.
Of course, this kind of authentication could present problems in situations where someone has gloves on in an harsh weather environment, but the high security of using a unique palm print might be worth the trade-off. The Android app is scheduled to debut in the Google Play app store later this week, but in the meantime you can see it in action in the video below.