The Future of Feet: Biometric Shoe Insoles Revolutionizing Security
Everyone knows they have unique fingerprints, but what about a unique footprint?
Research has shown everyone has a personalized way of walking — pressure of step, length of stride — and a new lab is working to turn those individual foot features into a security measure.
The lab is developing biometric shoe insoles to monitor the characteristics of a person’s feet. Sensors will record the patterns and a computer will compare the measurements to a person’s master file. If it’s a match, it will grant the person access to secured areas and the insoles will turn off. If not, it sounds an alarm.
“Within the third step, it knows it’s you, and it goes back to sleep,” Todd Gray, the company’s president, said to The Washington Post. “If I put on yours, it would know almost instantly that I’m not you.”
Gray says his inspiration for the revolutionary security gear came from seeing his daughter in maternity ward decorated with baby feet.
The insoles have been noted for being a less invasive form of identification — unlike retina scanning. The company says the insoles have achieved an accuracy rate of more than 99 percent and that it can even take into consideration a person altering his gait due to fatigue or injury.
So you can walk the walk, but you can’t fool the biometric shoe insole.
Watch the video above to see how the insoles work.
What do you think of using shoe insoles as security measures?