Biometrics, harrumph. Meet eyeometrics — a new system that tracks not the shape, but the unique movement patterns of your eyes, for simpler, more reliable security.
The system, designed by Israeli firm ID-U Biometrics, tracks the way a user's eye moves as he or she watches an icon move across a screen. The eye twitches and roams in about a dozen different ways, yielding a unique eye signature. The way your eyes move can be different every time you look at something, but just like handwriting, every person has consistent patterns and trajectories.
When it comes to self-aware, self-healing organisms, the human body is pretty well unmatched. So naturally, DARPA wants to match it. The military's mad-science wing is seeking new computer systems that would be highly resistant to cyber-attack, and if they are successfully attacked, able to adapt and recover. The so-called Clean-Slate Design of Resilient, Adaptive, Secure Hosts (CRASH) program seeks brand-new computers modeled on the human immune system.
New "smart" electricity meters, beginning to be rolled out across the country, may be rife with bugs that could pose security risks. The new meters create a smart communication network between the user and the local power plant. The software that powers some of the smart meters, however, is coming under fire from security experts for its lack of adequate protections against malicious hacks.
Professional thieves beware! In addition to motion sensors, security cameras, flood lights, rent-a-cops and Doberman pinchers, there’s a new piece of technology designed specifically to ruin your day. And to make matters worse, it’s invisible. Well, not exactly invisible, but stare right at it and you won’t realize it’s there. Worried? Thanks to a novel new motion sensor developed by the Fraunhofer Institutes for Applied Polymer Research IAP in Potsdam-Golm, Germany, you should be.