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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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