‘Phone, unlock thyself’

Sooner than you think, the Holy Grail of mobile password security could land on your phone thanks to new tech from Nuance called Dragon ID.

Dragon ID is a voice biometrics system from the same company behind the voice-recognition tech in Dragon Dictate for PCs and Dragon Go for iOS and Android. It promises a hands-free login system, but Nuance isn’t putting it out in an app.

Instead, it’s licensing the technology to manufacturers so they can build it into their phones.

“We’re going to be pretty aggressive with our longstanding OEM partners, so we certainly hope to have something in the market available in the next several months to a year,” said Kenneth Harper, Nuance’s director of product management and marketing for mobile.

Nuance has been chary with details so far, but the implications could change how we use our smartphones. Dragon ID could be used to create and control simple logins for multiple user profiles, or to tie mobile payment options like Google Wallet to a specific voice command. “Dragon ID won’t be used just for unlocking the phone, for security use-cases. We’re really excited about personalization, such as on tablets. It can authenticate a user and identify a user” to pull up user-specific apps and settings, Harper said.

The technology behind Dragon ID has been available for enterprise and governments for years, with more than 20 million voice prints… [Read more]

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