Smartphone users in Japan can unlock their phones with the blink of an eye, as the country's biggest mobile carrier NTT DoCoMo launches the world's first iris recognition smartphone. Sharon Reich reports.
STORY: A phone that is so smart it unlocks by recognizing your iris when you look at the screen. That's the latest feature of the Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G, which goes on sale later this month. The 'Iris Passport' system takes about a second to unlock, and learns the features of the owner's eyes, making the recognition more accurate with each use. Japan's largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo will begin selling the phone later this month. Team member Kohei Oku says the new feature also enhances cellular security, making mobile payments more secure. (SOUNDBITE) (Japanese) NTT DOCOMO PRODUCT TEAM MEMBER, KOHEI OKU, SAYING: "If I were to describe it in one phrase, it's that there won't be small inconveniences. Until now, you had to manually input IDs and passwords, but if you use iris recognition, you can input those automatically just by looking at the screen, and I think that's a merit." The phone has infrared lights so that even in a dark area, it is able to recognize the user's iris quickly. Sounds good, but it's not for everyone … "Iris Passport" doesn't work with colored contact lenses.