Robots will know when there is someone at the front door, babies will wear digital onesies to let their parents track their health and Wi-Fi-connected toothbrushes will tell people how clean their teeth are.
If some of the gadgets on show at Las Vegas technology extravaganza the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) live up to their developers’ expectations, this could be how people live their lives in the not-too-distant future.
With industry estimates putting the global market for technology at more than $1 trillion, the four-day geek fest sees device-makers come together to discuss their visions for the future, at the same time as battling to convince buyers to choose their particular version of it. A lot of the attention-grabbing displays are products that continue the trend of extending digital networks into people’s daily lives with wearable technology and smart devices around the home. This has been largely driven by the increasing spread of smartphones and tablets, which are expected to amount to 43 percent of technology spending in 2014.
This rise of so-called wearable technology, like ‘smart’ watches and glasses that can monitor fitness and activity while updating emails and social media accounts and taking photos, is allowing people to wear the world wide web on their sleeves and on their heads. One company wants PINs and passwords to be a thing of the past for consumers, unveiling an iris-recognition device that offers a “one in a trillion” level of online security.
Voxx International has developed the Myris, a handy-sized gadget that allows people to unlock their computer, phone, or any password-enabled device, simply by gazing at it.
Voxx Electronics president Tim Malone says the only way to be more accurate than iris recognition is to use DNA. “The chance of a false match is one in more than two trillion,” he said. “This is truly the elimination of passwords.”
Myris scans eyes and converts each individual’s unique identifying data into an encrypted code, according to Voxx. The device can then be plugged into USB ports to access machines or online accounts.
Eye-recognition technology has been available to large corporations and organizations for years, but it has been far too expensive for consumer use. Voxx says Myris bridges the gap by providing a user-friendly and affordable form of ultra-high security, although prices have not been released yet.