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A biometric is a single signal sent from a biological organism that represents a unique characteristic. An example would be the neural code to lift the pinky finger, or to flex the ball joint at the base of the thumb. An idle thought picked up by a neural reader would be another.

They are essentially direct data input methods from the body. They may be unique to that individual as in the use of biometrics for security purposes, or they may be shared among individuals but reflect a specific purpose, such as a reflex knee-jerk reaction.

The latter type of biometric is the one of most interest to VR purposes – reading the body's signals and determining what command was issued, or what thought went through the mind, so as to determine what action to take with the virtual interface. Biometrics are perhaps the most advanced form of interface between the mind and the simulation.

See Also: Neural Code, Biometrics, False Accept Rate, False Match Rate, False Reject Rate, False Non-Match Rate

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Crossover Error Rate


Equal Error Rate

False Accept Rate

False Match Rate

False Non-Match Rate

False Reject Rate


Finger Vein Authentication




Gait Analysis

Gesture Sequence


Heart Rate Variability

Home Automation



Motionless Gesture

Multimodal Sequence

Multimodal Sequence Navigation

Passive Impostor Acceptance

Quantified Self

Repetitive Strain Injury


Smart Prosthetic

Touch Based Gesture

Touch Sequence

Voice Control


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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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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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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.


Industry News containing the Term Biometric:

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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.

The experiments, which also examined the potentia...

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.

"Our bank is the first in ...

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.