Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Pedo-biometrics: using feet for disease detection, forensics, security and more

"A new discipline has emerged called pedo-biometrics and with it, even more privacy considerations will undoubtedly be cast aside in the name of progress.

One of the major centers of this research is Carnegie Mellon University, where researchers are working in a new Pedo-Biometrics Research and Identity Automation Lab – which costs a whopping $1.5 million in funds per year – along with a company called Autonomous ID.

Autonomous ID is currently moving their operations from Ottawa, Canada to the United States in order to conduct testing on prototypes for their insole sensory systems.

This system, when ready, can be used in a wide variety of applications ranging from the diagnosis of certain diseases as serious as Parkinson’s to security and identification."

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