Forget fingerprints, new technology can single out someone based on their heartbeat. The Pentagon has developed this new laser-based device called Jetson,
Technically, it’s called your “cardiac signature” and is more reliable than
While the technology identifying cardiac signatures isn’t new, up until now it’s been used in verification, not identification. Jetson is revolutionary because it’s able to detect cardiac signatures at long-range distances, 200 meters, to be exact. The laser takes about 30 seconds for a good return, but it can’t read through heavy layers of clothing. So, ideally a subject would have to be stationary and not wearing a winter coat. However, in ideal conditions, Jetson’s accuracy is estimated at 95%.
Since this is the first generation of this type of technology, it’s estimated that continual improvements will enable it to work more effectively and under varying conditions. It will also require the development of a cardiac signature database, much like a fingerprint database, to be able to readily match subjects with their corresponding cardiac signature.
The technology has many long-range implications. Doctors could use it to monitor a patient’s vitals remotely. While marketing and advertising executives could literally see the pulse of their audience change in reaction to their campaigns. Jetson is strictly for military use as of now, but the future holds endless possibilities for this biometric technology.