A new speaker verification technology has been launched on smartphones that will allow the
"An authorized user can unlock the smartphone simply by speaking a passphrase, without the need to use PINs, passwords or finger swipe patterns," said a press release Friday by the Baidu-I2R Research Centre (BIRC). It added this was different from current
which do not distinguish the identity of the speaker.
The feature will make its debut in Lenovo’s smartphone, Lenovo A586, from 30 Nov. 2012 in China through major telecommunications providers and online shops, it added.
The technology marks a major milestone for BIRC, a joint laboratory between Singapore research agency A*STAR and Chinese search giant Baidu.
BIRC is Baidu’s first overseas joint research and development facility, and
Wang Mengqiu, vice president of Baidu, said in an earlier report the feature would be incorporated into its .