Demo: Me, Myself and Eye
By Robert Buderi
Data such as height, gender, ethnicity, and eye color can't establish a person's identity, but measuring these "soft" traits can enhance the accuracy of primary biometrics such as fingerprinting and face recognition. In one of Jain's systems, a pair of cameras gauges a subject's height. A close-up is then taken of her face and software analyzes it to determine her gender and eye color and classify her ethnicity as either Asian or non-Asian. This data is then combined with that from a primary biometric.