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LatentGesture Uses Your Screen Taps & Swipes To Provide Security - Georgia Tech

By Ankita Katdare in 'Gadgets | Software | Apps', Apr 8, 2014.

  1. Ankita Katdare


    Engineering Discipline:
    Computer Science
    A team of researchers working on cyber security at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new technology called 'LatentGesture' that will help users keep their smartphones and tablets safe. Gone are the days when passwords would be used to unlock our devices. Until recently, we thought fingerprint scanners and gesture recognition was the next big thing, but with more and more researchers coming up with a security system based on user's taps and swipes on the touchscreen, the gust of wind is set to change. The Georgia tech research team has developed LatentGesture to do just that. This system keeps monitoring how a user taps and swipes a mobile device. If the movements don’t match the owner’s tendencies, the system recognizes the differences and can be programmed to lock the device.

    In other words, the unique security system learns the user's "touch signature" and then keeps comparing it to how the current user is interacting with the device. If a change from the set pattern is found, the user is flagged as an unauthorized user. The minute difference between the gestures used by different users are accurately captured by the system. For example - There are smartphone users who slide the bar with one quick swipe, while there are others who gradually move it across the screen.


    This research was partially supported by the National Science Foundation. The researchers believe that the best part about LatentGesture is that the system is constantly running in the background. The user doesn’t have to do anything different for added security and authentication. Super easy and secure, right?

    How do you like the idea of having LatentGesture technology on your smartphone? Share with us in comments below.

    Source: Georgia Tech
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