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iProov hopes to bring face recognition to every smartphone

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Face recognition for authentication is gradually coming out of our smartphones and moving into real-life scenarios. Recently, the Ministry of Civil Aviation announced the Digi Yatra initiative where it will allow passengers into airports based on facial recognition.

London-based iProov is one company that is already working in this space, having got clearance for a pilot project from the US Department of Homeland Security. Given that its technology does not need a high-end camera or other equipment to authenticate a user, iProov is likely to find major acceptance in India, across sectors and industries.

Aarti Samani, who drives product innovation for iProov, told that their solution is different because it not only matches a recognisable face, but also checks if it is a genuine presence. She says that traditional face recognition has had issues with recognising if it was indeed a real person and their solution specialises in ensuring the face on the other end was genuine.


“So when you are doing a digital transaction, what is the one thing that everyone has? Either a phone or a laptop, right? Then what does every device have? A screen, a camera, and a network. To know the user is actually real, there is skin on the face,” Samani says, explaining how their technology uses these three elements to solve the problem. “What we do is use the screen to project light on the face. The light interacts with the face tells us where space is, firstly, is this three dimensional and secondly, is it covered with skin,” she says, adding that all the user has to do is hold the phone in a natural position.

iProov uses a combination of RGB to illuminate the face in a cryptographic sequence which remains unique for a person in his entire lifetime. Samani says this ends up as a 2.5-second video that is uploaded to a server where it I analyses for being real and also matched with a photo in the database. iProov’s technology is device agnostic as long as it has a camera and Internet connection, thus making it ideal for a country like India. The company has 11 patents protecting its technology which they have built from scratch.

Facial recognition, iProov, Face authentication software, Apple Face ID, iProov Facial recognition system, Department of Homeland Security, 3D facial scans, airport check-in system, TrueDepth camera, public facial recognition, facial data Samani says the Department of Homeland Security, which is now testing iProov’s solution at land crossings, created 668 different types of spoofing attacks to test this solution and all of them failed.

In contrast, Apples’s FaceID first confirms “attention and intent” by checking if the eyes are open and directed at the device, then the TrueDepth camera projects and reads over 30,000 infrared dots to form a depth map of the face along with a 2D infrared image which is then transformed into a mathematical representation to be compared with the enrolled facial data.

The uses are innumerable, ranging from banking to HR and even security in places like airports and government offices. Samani says the Department of Homeland Security, which is now testing iProov’s solution at land crossings, created 668 different types of spoofing attacks to test this solution and all of them failed.

iProov, which is working on many products at the moment, has also perfected its technology to work well in case a subject has aged, or added new facial features like a mustache and if there are issues with the photograph as is common in case of passports and other such documents.



Bose Frames AR Audio Sunglasses Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 21,900

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Over a year after originally showcasing its audio AR sunglasses, Bose is bringing them to the Indian market. The company on Thursday announced that the sunglasses, which are simply known as Bose Frames, will go on sale beginning next week in the country alongside Bose Frames Lens Collection. The Bose Frames combine three functionalities into one device – premium sunglasses, wireless headphones, and audio AR features. The Bose Frames are the company’s first product to be based on the company’s AR platform.

The Bose Frames carry a price tag of Rs. 21,900 and will be offered in two universal styles – the larger Alto and the smaller Rondo. The Bose Frames Lens Collection of non-polarised and polarised lenses will retail at Rs. 1,990 and Rs. 2,990, respectively. The sales open June 20 via select resellers and Bose stores in the country.

The Bose Frames are essentially a pair of sunglasses that pack a tiny Bose audio system in the temples. This audio system effectively turns them into a wireless pair of headphones. The Bose Frames also include a microphone and multi-function button on the right temple for power and pairing, Siri and Google Assistant, calls and commands, or to pause and skip songs.


“With a proprietary open-ear design, they [Bose Frames] take micro-acoustics, voice control, and personal audio to an entirely new level, so users can stream music and information, take and make calls, and access virtual assistants from — while keeping playlists, entertainment, and conversations private,” Bose said in a statement.

Like many wearable devices, the Bose Frames act as a companion device to your smartphone and need the same for processing the information and connecting to the Web.

As we mentioned earlier, the Bose Frames will be released in two designs – Alto and Rondo. Alto is square and angled, whereas Rondo is round and smaller. Both can block up to 99 percent of UVA/UVB rays and weigh just 45 grams. The lenses can be easily popped out and replaced.

Apart from the audio capabilities, the Frames are also compatible with Bose’s AR platform. The Bose Frames don’t include any visual AR capabilities, but they can provide audio AR input to enhance your experience.

“[Bose Frames] knows where you are and what you’re facing using a 9-axis head motion sensor and the GPS from your iOS or Android device — and automatically adds a layer of audio through Bose AR apps, connecting that place and time to endless possibilities for travel, learning, entertainment, gaming, and more,” Bose explained.

Bose AR apps can be downloaded using Bose Connect app and are only available for iOS right now. Android apps are being developed, according to the company’s website.

The company claims that onboard battery can last up to 3.5 hours for playback and up to 12 hours on standby. It can be fully recharged in less than two hours.

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Novel device can quickly detect strokes

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Scientists have developed a device that can monitor blood flow and help quickly diagnose and treat strokes.

A stroke, one of the leading causes of death worldwide, occurs due to poor blood flow to the brain — a condition known as cerebral ischemia.

Its diagnosis must be done within the first few hours for treatment to be effective, researchers said.


The hybrid device, developed by researchers at the China Academy of Engineering Physics and Army Medical University in China, relies on a combination of to light measuring techniques which could diagnose cerebral ischemia non-invasively and faster than the techniques used currently.

“We can measure blood volume, blood oxygenation and blood flow using suitable near-infrared techniques,” said Liguo Zhu, from China Academy of Engineering Physics.

Zhu said that “near-infrared light penetrates one to three centimetres and allows researchers to probe under the skin.”

The working of the instrument relies on the combination of the near-infrared diffuse optical spectroscopy, which analyses the light scattered from the tissues to calculate the amount of oxygen and blood within an area, and the diffuse correlation spectroscopy, which analyses fluctuation in the tissue-scattered lights to measure blood flow.

“Both techniques share the same detectors, which decreases the number of detectors compared to other instruments,” said Zhu.

“The team’s device can record a comprehensive profile of a body part’s hemodynamics, or blood circulation. Devices should measure as many ‘hemodynamic parameters’ as necessary to obtain an accurate diagnosis, as ‘the hemodynamics of stroke is complex’,” said Hua Feng, from Army Medical University.

Another advantage of the device is that it is cheap and compact, which would make more accessible to the people, and hence, help treatment, diagnosis and chances of stroke, researchers said.

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Parineeti ‘still learning’ to play badminton

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Actress Parineeti Chopra has not started shooting for ‘Saina’ yet and says she is still learning how to play badminton.

Parineeti on Thursday said that the shooting for the biopic will commence in October.

“Hi everyone, we have not started the shoot of ‘Saina’ yet. I am still learning how to play Badminton! We will start in October once I get better at it! Four months to go,” she tweeted.


Parineeti had replaced actress Shraddha Kapoor in the Saina Nehwal biopic, which is being directed by Amole Gupte.

She will next be seen in ‘Jabariya Jodi’ along with actor Sidharth Malhotra. The film is scheduled for release on August 2. Directed by Prashant Singh, ‘Jabariya Jodi’ is based on ‘Pakadwa Vivah’ (forced marriage), which was once rampant in Bihar.

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