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Cast your eyes on Fujitsu's iris-scanning phone concept (pictures)

We take an up close look at a cool concept phone from Fujitsu that unlocks by scanning your iris.

Andrew Lanxon
Andrew is CNET's go-to guy for product coverage and lead photographer for Europe. When not testing the latest phones, he can normally be found with his camera in hand, behind his drums or eating his stash of home-cooked food. Sometimes all at once.
Andrew Lanxon
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Yes, that's an odd-looking smartphone, but that hat it's wearing is there for a good reason. It contains an infrared laser and camera, which are used to scan your iris in order to unlock your phone.

It's a new concept from Fujitsu and we went in for a closer look.

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There are several good reasons to use eye-scanning to unlock your phone, says Fujitsu. For one, if your fingers are damp -- or you're wearing gloves -- fingerprint scanning won't work.

The iris apparently is more complex than a fingerprint too, meaning it's more secure, and the setup means you don't have to remember PIN codes or passwords. Sign me up.

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It's an early concept, but I was still impressed at how easy it was to set up.

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You basically just have to stare at it for 20 seconds or so for it to register your eye.

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You can then go ahead and unlock your phone just by looking at it. It works so quickly that it was difficult to film.

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Though a concept for now, Fujitsu says it will have the scanning technology built inside phones -- rather than sitting above -- due for release later this year.

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