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Biometric Interface

A biometric interface is an interface between a computer system and one or more human (or other biological creature) users. It uses the unique individual biological readings of those users as input data.

Broadly speaking, there are two different types of biometric interface, with two very different purposes. The first one is the most well known generally: to identify who a specific individual is, and stop unauthorised individuals from gaining access where they shouldn't.

However, in terms of VR, virtual environments, and general multiple interface data channel systems, biometric interfaces have a very different purpose. Here they are designed to recognise and adapt to the individual biological patterns of a specific user, and then use them as input or feedback vectors.

An example of the first type of biometric interface would be using gait recognition sensors in a corridor to detect the individual gait (walking motion) patterns of people using that corridor, and use that to determine who those people are, where they are, and if they should be there or not.

An example of the second type of biometric interface would be gait recognition sensors in a small spherical room, treadmill or suspended gyroscope interface, that track in real-time the physical movements of the user's legs and translate that to leg movements of their avatar in the virtual world – the avatar then moving around exactly as those leg movements direct.

The biometric interface in the second example is the means of getting as much of the user's embodiment per data channel, into the system as possible, to increase the user's immersion within the system and increase the naturalness of the interface within.

See Also: Biometric, Behaviometrics, Biometric characteristic, False Match Rate, False Reject Rate, False Non-Match Rate, False Accept Rate, Embodiment, Anticipatory Medical Device, Gait Analysis

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Biometric Escapism
A short musing, based on a book quote as to the plausible future of social VR requiring biometric identification for all users.

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VR Interfaces: Inupathy - Neural Interface Dog Mood collar
The Inupathy collar is an empathic collar, a brain machine interface for your dog, that visually transmits your dogs emotions in real-time, by reading the dog's heartbeat as a biometric marker for the emotional turmoil going on inside. It learns and adapts to the dog, and offers an insight into your best friend's thought process, to bolster the ones you already have. It's a brain machine interface for the heart.

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The Human Brain has a Network Backbone
An unexpected discovery of a hierarchical networking scaffold inside the human brain itself, has interesting implications for future neuroprosthetics. Rather than having to interface with the grey matter right where computations are being done, we may in fact only have to interface with the white matter 'between departments' as it were, to achieve the same interface effect.

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When Augmented Security Goes Pear Shaped
It has been revealed that a biometric pattern recognition system in use at Japan's airports has been bypassed for an unknown amount of time, effectively rendering it worthless, and raising questions about the reliance on technology as a 'watertight' security measure.

Cyborg athletes ? part organic, part machine ? are slowly, surreptitiously creeping into being. From simple biometric monitors and augmented reality display systems, to sprinters with no legs.

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Smart Fabrics ? Wear your Augmented Interface
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Woven cicuitry turns your clothing into the interface for your life. Just add your phone or ipod, and let that program your clothes for you.

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Houseplants as Interface Devices
Disney Research has come up with a truly novel type of interface device a way to turn any house plant into a programmable haptic controller, by taking advantage of the capacitive capability of plants.

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Brain Machine Interface Enabled Wheelchair
Researchers at the University of South Florida have developed a wheelchair-mounted robotic arm, which is capable of interfacing with the wheelchair user's thoughts via a non-invasive neural interface.


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To stave off any fears of a Gattaca-type world, Schools in the UK, which are more and more, turning to biometric data to identify pupils, are being given official guidelines to clarify how they can use and store pupils' genetic information...

Distinctive brain patterns could become the latest subject of biometric scanning after EU researchers successfully tested technology to verify ?identities for security checks.

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Poland's cooperative BPS SA bank claimed Tuesday to be the first in Europe to install a biometric cash point allowing its clients to use their fingertips rather than a bank card to withdraw money.

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A system that allows biometric data to be used to create a secret key for data encryption has been developed by researchers in South Africa. They describe details of the new technology in the International Journal of Electronic Security and...

An academy in Bristol, UK, is to scan students' fingerprints to allow them to eat in the cafeteria.

The ?20,000 scheme will be launched at the City Academy - the first to be built in the city - from September.