New phone biometrics patent for Apple as Meeami and Precise announce integrations

It’s a hectic week for technological advancements in smartphones, with Meeami announcing a new version of its voice biometrics tool and a Precise Biometrics fingerprint authentication algorithm implemented in the Vivo iQOO 8 Pro smartphone. Additionally, Apple has had another patent focused on facial recognition approved, and Google is rumored to be bringing Face Unlock back to the Pixel 6.

The Meeami biometric solution present in 10M phones

The company recently announced that its Speaker ID technology and products are currently in production in more than ten million smartphones.

A new version of Meeami’s flagship biometric solution, which uses artificial intelligence-based deep learning technologies to uniquely identify and authenticate users in many scenarios, is now also available.

Speaker ID also comes with MVNS (Multi-Variate Noise Suppression) capabilities, to identify and suppress many types of noise, according to the announcement.

“The uniqueness of Meeami Speaker ID is its robust performance in the noisy conditions encountered at home and in office environments,” explained Pankaj Joshi, Product Manager at Meeami Technologies.

Meeami reportedly tested Speaker ID to perform biometric unlocking of phones, logging users in on PCs, multi-factor user authentication, and fraud detection for online purchases, banking transactions, and cash withdrawals at ATMs.

“Unlike some competing solutions which have to send data to the cloud for the speaker ID to work, Meeami Speaker ID is completely secure because it works totally at the edge without sending data to the cloud,” Joshi concluded. .

Precise Biometrics technology included in Vivo iQOO 8 Pro

The in-display fingerprint component is a collaboration between Precise Biometrics and Qualcomm Technologies.

The companies have integrated the Precise BioMatch algorithm into the Qualcomm Fingerprint 3D Sonic Max Sensor under an existing partnership.

The first integration of the Sonic Max 3D sensor is with the Vivo iQOO 8 Pro, a flagship smartphone released in China on August 26, while the previously announced integration with the Sharp AQUOS R6 smartphone is expected to hit the market later in September.

The 20x30mm fingerprint sensor is based on ultrasonic technology and is said to be one of the largest integrated sensors on the market.

Its large size suggests improved efficiency when unlocking using a fingerprint (early tests suggest 0.2 seconds), as well as simultaneous two-finger scanning for added security and fingerprint scanning even when ‘they are wetted using ultrasonic waves.

Apple obtains a new facial recognition patent

The document bears the patent number 11113 510 and describes “virtual models for facial recognition”.

The technology allows users to capture specific biometric models of their face, for example, during an onboarding process, and then store them for later use during authentication actions.

“If the unlock image is successful in unlocking the device, the generated feature vectors can be stored as temporary patterns in the device,” the patent text states.

Additional temporary templates can then be added as the user continues to successfully unlock the device using the facial recognition authentication process.

According to the patent, after adding a number of temporary models, the temporary models can be evaluated to calculate a “virtual” model from the temporary models.

“The virtual model can be, for example, a median model in a group of temporary models in a feature space,” explains the patent.

The technology, which could be implemented as part of Face ID on iPhones and iPads in the future, aims to create a more secure authentication process by selecting an image that is the result of multiple photos taken from the user over a period of time.

It’s not clear when or if Apple will actually implement the technology in future devices, but the patent and its developments are worth watching nonetheless.

Google rumored to bring Face Unlock back to Pixel 6

Google could bring back the capabilities of Face Unlock when the Pixel 6 released, according to a recent Forbes article, which explains how Face Unlock was possible in the Pixel 4 thanks to the Soli radar chip, which was later replaced by a digital scanner. rear mounted fingerprint. in the Pixel 5.

According to the article, the choice may have been motivated by the need to reduce the cost of the smartphone, but also to counter the lack of mask detection capabilities in the Pixel 4 at the height of the pandemic.

However, the Pixel 6 is expected to be a powerhouse, so implementing a Soli chip may be possible from a hardware standpoint.

Moreover, Google recently implemented the chip in its Nest Hub 2, showing that the tech giant has not abandoned its developments.

Will Face Unlock make a comeback on the Pixel 6? We’ll find out soon enough, with rumors of Google’s new phones being announced at some point in October.

Articles topics

algorithms | Apple | biometrics | facial recognition | fingerprint sensors | Google | Meeami | patents | Precise biometrics | Qualcomm | smartphones | voice biometrics

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