EyeVerify scans your eye veins to keep your phone secure (video)

Eyeprint security app takes a picture of the veins in your eye, locking out those who don't have a matching "eye-dentity."

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BARCELONA, Spain--Move over, Android face unlock -- a new security app promises to protect your smartphone by scanning the veins in your eye.

Dubbed Eyeprint, the in-development app from EyeVerify first takes a picture of the veins in the corner of your eye, which are unique to you. Once your eyes have been scanned, processed, and saved, anyone with eye veins that don't match your own will be unable to access your protected documents or data.

The app requires a front-facing camera with a resolution of at least 2 megapixels to get a clear image of your eye. If your mobile doesn't have a sophisticated enough snapper, however, you can use a rear-facing camera to scan or identify your eye, with spoken voice commands telling you if you need to hold the phone closer to your face or where to look.

In my brief hands-on test the app worked well. It scans the corners of your eye so that it's hard to fool the system with a simple photo of a person. The app isn't completed yet, and EyeVerify will be looking to sell the service to app developers or phone manufacturers that are looking to implement the scanning system in their software or hardware.

How do you protect your data? Does an eye-vein scanning system seem secure enough to you? Let me know in the comments, and be sure to check out more of our coverage from Mobile World Congress.

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Luke Westaway is a senior editor at CNET and writer/ presenter of Adventures in Tech, a thrilling gadget show produced in our London office. Luke's focus is on keeping you in the loop with a mix of video, features, expert opinion and analysis.

 

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