The patent describes the use of a photo of the users ear, snapped by a phones front camera. Just like matching up fingerprints with those from a database, this technology could help you log in to your phone without having to enter a passcode or pattern.
The human ear is said to be as unique an identifier as a fingerprint, so you can rest assured that your phone will work with your ears only.
In addition to authentication, the method could also be used to dynamically adjust speaker volume by determining the distance between the phone and the user’s ear.
The upcoming version of Android adds system-wide support for fingerprint recognition. It’ll be interesting to see if Amazon’s patent finds use in its next generation of Fire phones as a differentiating authentication feature. Read more…