While fingerprint scanning is making all the news in mobile payments, NTT Docomo, the telecommunications company in Japan, has developed a smartphone which will allow users to make payments with their eyes. The company has unveiled a number of mobile devices as part of its 2015 summer lineup. But the smartphone which stands out from the rest is the Arrows NX F-04G.
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World’s First Iris Recognition
According to NTT Docomo, the Arrows NX is the world’s first smartphone which uses iris recognition along with fingerprint authentication. All the users need to do is to look directly into the front-facing camera and they can unlock their phones and do the shopping.
The phone’s camera scans the users’ eyes and deciphers the intricate iris patterns. The mobile payments system is secure as the patterns for everyone’s irises are unique, just like the fingerprint. It can be considered to be more secure than the face unlock feature that is there on Samsung’s Galaxy Note or Note II and Galaxy S3 or S4. It has been seen that these systems can easily be tricked with a photograph of the person, instead of the actual face.
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The Arrows NX F-04G runs Android 5.0 Lollipop and has a 5.2 inch QuadHD display of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. It has an octa-core processor comprising of 2.0GHz quad-core and 1.5GHz quad-core. With memory of 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, this phone is quite powerful. A 3,120 mAh battery ensures that the phone will run for a long time in a single charge.
Other phone manufacturers could use this iris recognition feature in the future. According to a report, a future Samsung tablet could use this technology. Microsoft has also announced earlier that iris recognition would be used in Windows 10, as a means to help users log into their systems.
Now, it remains to be seen whether this phone will be used outside Japan and whether other phone makers will actually implement it in future. If the technology proves to be a hit, we could expect to see it in the future.
Do you think mobile payment with iris will be helpful for shoppers? Have you tried out fingerprint payment? We would love to hear your thoughts.