Technology Is Making Its Way Into The Everyday Lives Of Americans

1503 WordsSep 30, 20147 Pages
For many generations the idea of a device that could recognize you simply by your eyes has been the stuff of science fiction. It was an invention that seemed intangible. However, over recent years this imaginative and seemingly futuristic technology has become a thing of the present. Each iris has a unique pattern, like fingerprints, however iris scans have proven to be more accurate and distinct. Slowly but surely, this novel technology is making its way into the everyday lives of Americans. For example, colleges, such as George Mason University have begun to use iris scans as a form of identification in cafeterias; even airports have started to introduce this innovation (MacRumors, 2014). Not only this, but the invention has been expanded upon to include many new extensions of the technology. Possibly one of the most important and helpful of these is the RapID-Cam II. The RapID-Cam II, along with other products which the inventors call IOM, or iris on the move technology, was created by SRI International less than a decade ago (Sarnoff ,nd). It is an expansion of the standard iris scan, which was first patented in 1994 by a man named John Daugman (FBI, nd). IOM was deemed “Best in Biometrics and Identity Solutions” and given the title of “Best New Product” for SIA’s New Product Showcase Awards in 2010 (Sarnoff ,nd). The RapID-Cam II is a handheld device that is able to scan an individual’s iris using infrared technology (IOM RapID-Cam, nd). It can register a
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