Mobile World Congress 2013: Highlights, Camera-Focused App EyeVerify

The MWC just wrapped up in Barcelona, and as the biggest mobile-only event in the world, its audience arrived with high expectations.  News outlets published highly varied impressions of what, exactly, was newsworthy and notable:

According to Bloomberg Businessweek, there was a great deal of disappointment over the dearth of new mobile device breakthroughs.  However, they identified important trends there, including infrastructure innovations for machine-to-machine (or M2M) telematics; tablet apps created by automakers; and low-end mobile phone models to reach new customers.

Wired noted the emerging devices that appear to be a combination of tablets and phones (in some places known as “Phablets”), sized between a typical tablet and mobile phone, and able to make calls.

Finally, in a flurry of coverage, CNET staffers spotted new mobile operating systems from Firefox and Ubuntu, a smartphone screen made of sapphire, and streamlined cyborg-like products.

Of those cyborg-like, human-machine innovations, one caught our eye due to its reliance upon a camera module: EyeVerify, a new security app (in development) that scans your eyeball veins for access to your phone. While previous face recognition apps were fooled with a photo in tests, each person’s “eyeprint” is unique and difficult to imitate.  This next, promising step in mobile authentication will ideally use the front-facing camera so that the screen interface is visible during the scan; however, a 2MP minimum is required (see chart image for smartphone camera pixel trends, below, from this Samsung Report). Since there are many phones in use without a 2MP front-facing camera, the app allows for use of the rear-facing camera as well.  As apps such as EyeVerify continue to grow and prosper, mobile phone manufacturers will recognize the need and customer demand for high quality camera modules in their products.

Camera modules for mobile devices and pixel count trends