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Amazon Receives Patent for Mobile Ear Scanning

Amazon has now received a new mobile security patent that would make it possible for smartphone users to unlock their devices simply by holding them up in order to scan the shape of their ears. The concept of the ear scanning mobile security is not unlike that of a fingerprint scanner. It uses the device’s front facing camera to scan the person’s ear and then conduct a comparison to an image of the owner’s ear that has already been placed on file. The fact is that an individual’s ear is just as unique as his or her fingerprint, which means that aside from the case of identical twins, this can be a method that is just as secure as fingerprint scanning. The exception is in the case of identical twins because they may have the same ears, but their fingerprints differ.

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