We Can Unlock The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 With Your Eyes

We Can Unlock The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 With Your Eyes

We Can Unlock The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 With Your Eyes

At events in New York, London, and Rio, today Samsung discovered its newest flagship phone. That’s the third major handset this year from the manufacturer, after the success of the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge released in the spring. 

We’ve possibly seen loads of videos on YouTube where people are able to trick smartphone fingerprint sensors using tape or putty. It’s a doubtful scenario, but still, proof that the added security of fingerprint sensors to keep our devices locked still isn’t perfect. But now there’s something improved.

The user will be able to unlock Samsung's new phone by just seeing it.

The Galaxy Note 7 will come with an iris scanner that matches patterns in our eyes with what was noticed by our phone during setup. It deals an alternative to fingerprint ID, which doesn't work well when fingers are wet. Of course, the four-digit passcode will still work.

"We challenged our engineers to design a security system that's convenient and safe at the same time," said Justin Denison, a senior vice-president for product strategy at Samsung. "It took five years to perfect, but it only takes a glance to unlock your phone."

Iris scanning is also safer than fingerprint scanning since it’s almost difficult to spoof. Samsung says it will only work with living tissue and can’t be deceived by high-resolution photos of our iris. 

Samsung had been rumored to be working on iris scanning technology for years, but this is the first time it really put it in a major phone.

Microsoft’s latest Lumia Windows Phone, which introduced last fall, also contains an iris scanner. But this will be the first major smartphone to implement the technology at scale.


With a waterproof metal, curved and glass body, the Note 7 borrows some designs and features from the popular 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy 7 Edge, with the always-on display and "edge" panel of apps.But under the hood, the Note 7 contains several exclusive features such as an iris scanner, which permits users to unlock the phone with their eyes. It also comes with a waterproof stylus, a built-in program to make GIFs and a series of features which mark the device more secure. It comes in four colors: gold, black, silver and blue coral.

Samsung has added a new infrared camera that scans our eyes using infrared light produced from the LED on the front of the phone. The user will want to hold it about a foot away from their face, and the phone will display how to line it up our eyes. The data collected from the scan is kept and encrypted on the phone, and the user can opt to unlock their phone.

The Note 7 is remarkably heavier and larger than the Galaxy S7 Edge, which has a 5.5-inch screen, but not by much. Its comes with a standard base of 64 GB of expandable storage -- unlike the Galaxy S6 Edge+, which only came with 32 GB or 64 GB of fixed storage.

Source: TheGuardian
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