'Invisible key' invented by Taiwan scientists

October 3, 2011
A team of Taiwanese researchers have developed an "invisible key" technology which allows users to unlock their doors by means of simple hand gestures, the head of the team said Monday. At the heart of the technology developed by his team is a chip that can detect movement in three dimensions.

A team of Taiwanese researchers have developed an "invisible key" technology which allows users to unlock their doors by means of simple hand gestures, the head of the team said Monday.

"In the future, you won't have to worry about losing or forgetting your keys," said Tsai Yao-pin, who teaches at the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan.

At the heart of the technology developed by his team is a chip that can detect movement in , as used in Nintendo's console, he said.

The technology allows users to easily unlock their doors by repeating a gesture preset in the sensor, according to Tsai.

The "invisible key" won him a gold medal at the four-day Taipei International Invention Show and Technomart which ended Sunday.

He estimated that it make take half a year for the invention to go commercial as several interested companies have approached him.

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thematrix606
3 / 5 (2) Oct 03, 2011
"In the future, you won't have to worry about losing or forgetting your keys"

You can already install a pincode, avoiding using unnecessary tech for simply opening a door.

The future is now?

Fail logic is fail.
epsi00
not rated yet Oct 03, 2011
what's a pincode or pin code? I googled it and did not get anything useful. Do you mean a lock activated by entering a set of digits? That I know.
NotAsleep
not rated yet Oct 04, 2011
@ epsi, see PIN: Personal Identification Number

It'll be interesting to see how they prevent thieves from taking advantage of this. Hopefully a criminal doesn't just have to mimic the "Unlock Dance" to unlock the door themselves.

This reminds me a lot of GMail Motion:
http://mail.googl...ion.html
CHollman82
1 / 5 (1) Oct 04, 2011
Great, so all someone has to do is observe your gesture with binoculars from a parked car on the other side of the street and they can gain entry into your house next time you leave... fantastic.
CHollman82
1 / 5 (1) Oct 04, 2011
Biometrics anyone? It won't be long before all you have to do is touch a surface and a mechanism will sample your DNA from the skin flakes you leave behind to help confirm your identity. Or better yet simply speak your name and your voice and the contents of your breath as exhaled onto the microphone will be analyzed to determine your identity...

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