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Silicon Valley Firm Unveils Military Biometrics Reader For iPhone

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A person uses AOptix iPhone hardware and facial recognition software. (AOptix)

A person uses AOptix iPhone hardware and facial capture and biometrics software. (AOptix)

CAMPBELL (CBS SF) — Following a U.S. Defense Department research grant, a Silicon Valley company has rolled out new iPhone app to allow users track eyes, facial features, voices, and fingerprints.

Campbell-based AOptix released the hardware/app package, which transforms the iPhone into a virtual biometric reader, according to an article in Wired Magazine’s Danger Room.

Shortly after winning a $3 million research contract from the Pentagon, the company announced the package, which it calls ‘Stratus.’

The device wraps around the iPhone, and the app gives users a simple interface to record the details of a subject’s face and fingerprints.

Once the subject’s info has been scanned, it’s sent to the customer’s database.

At $199, the app is not designed for everyday users, and the company hasn’t disclosed the cost of the hardware.

“It’s not a consumer application”, a AOptix representative told Wired.

AOptix hasn’t specified its customers, but has said they are from the U.S. government.

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