Softbank Mobile Corp and Universal Robot Co Ltd co-developed software that enables personal authentication with hand veins by using a smartphone camera, etc.
In the past, a separate device was required to realize this function. The two companies aim to commercialize the software within fiscal 2012.
This time, Softbank Mobile and Universal Robot eliminated the need for an infrared device by developing their own algorithm that uses visible light to detect veins. Moreover, they employed a mechanism that extracts not only veins but also a palm pattern from the image of a palm taken by using visible light and uses them for personal authentication. Because palm patterns can be easily obtained, the new mechanism realizes highly-accurate, stable authentication, compared with authentication using only veins, they said.