Have you ever seen an action or scifi movie where someone uses an eye scanner to gain access to an area? That’s basically what Stanley’s EyeLock Iris identification system is – an ocular biometric identification and security that takes the place of fingerprint scanners, keycards, or other slower means of entry.
While the EyeLock readers are quite interesting, it’s Stanley’s HBOX tech that really intrigues me. Where the EyeLock HBOX fixture is installed, you only have to LOOK at the scanner, WHILE YOU’RE WALKING for it to be able to scan your eyeball.
Stanley’s Eye Lock devices have ranges of about 12″ and can scan and ID about 20 people per minute. Their HBOX scanner, however, can scan your iris from a distance of about 46″ – nearly four feet! – and it can scan and identify up to 50 people per minute.
If I win the lottery and build a ToolGuyd super workshop fortress, this is the kind of thing I’d get for the front door.
Here are some videos that showed me how cool this stuff is:
The basic EyeLock tech looks to be cool and practical, but the HBOX system kind of blows my mind. Seems like the kind of tech that will eventually be installed at airports, government facilities, and shopping malls. Minority Report, anyone?
It seems that Stanley is an EyeLock partner, with EyeLock being its own independent company, which makes sense given Stanley’s position in the doorway entry and sensor market. Have you ever noticed that a lot of stores have Stanley door entry technology?
EyeLock also makes the Myris, a handheld password-replacing USB device. The biggest issue with fingerprint readers – in my experience – is that they’re not supported long-term across different operating systems or browsers. Hopefully that won’t be the case with the Myris. In today’s day and age, with passwords needing to be longer and more complex, a biometric password replacement device might actually be a good way to go,