July 11, 2010
Smart TV remote
A new system aims to identify family members by how they use the remote. New Scientist reports.
Magdiel Galan at Arizona State University in Tempe and colleagues at Intel Labs modified a TV remote with sensors to measure the way it was held as volunteers channel-surfed. For one session in every five, the volunteers identified themselves by entering a PIN.
The idiosyncrasies in the way people used the remote could then be used to identify them in the rest of the sessions with 60 to 90 per cent accuracy, suggesting a way to personalise access to content.
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