We don’t expect mHealth-related stories from a company that makes iris based identity management solutions. Nevertheless, their latest product does have some elements that make it worth talking about on mHealth Spot.
IriTech is the name of this company and they’re out with a smart watch called FiDELYS that features military grade iris recognition technology which will be used to solve three major problems, including the password plague, privacy and authentication issues. It’s only obvious that biometric logins are more secure than any password you can imagine, and that’s the key selling point of this watch. But you don’t want to scan your eye every time you need to check some notification; to solve this, FiDELYS will use either a heartbeat sensor or magnetic sensor to keep the session live.
Strong security aside, the watch also integrates heart rate sensor and pedometer, allowing folks to use it to track their fitness activities.Strong security aside, the watch also integrates heart rate sensor and pedometer, allowing folks to use it to track their fitness activities. In addition, the FiDELYS will come in a IP67-certified water-proof body and support Qi Wireless Charging.
Alas, the extra hardware — including the camera for iris scanning — makes this one of the thicker smart watches we’ve seen, and we yet have to see whether enough users will back FiDELYS and turn it into a real product. We would assume that a majority of users don’t need that extra security, whereas some others — including those in the hospital setting — could rely on biometry to make sure the data they’re dealing with never leaves the premises.
IriTech is looking to raise $350,000 in an Indiegogo campaign, and you can secure your FiDELYS unit for $199. The delivery date is set for January 2015.