Enhancing the user’s door experience

ASSA ABLOY asked students at Stockholm’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology to put their imaginations to work to enhance the user experience in a door. The activity generated a number of innovative ideas, proving that doors can be used for so much more than opening and closing. Interactive doors that welcome shoppers, hinges that harvest energy, NFC post-it-like notes that enable anonymous communication between neighbors – or why not use doors as a creative space for kids to doodle? http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/enhancing-the-users-door-experience/

Never forget a face

In early 2008, the media picked up on research results coming from Glasgow University that had huge implications for controlling access in all sorts of corporate, government-controlled and even public settings. Professor of Psychology Mike Burton and his colleagues reported that they had developed a system that modeled human familiarity based on variance in a series of an individual’s photographs, and that in certain samples their results approached 100 percent accuracy in automated face recognition. Would apparent advances in this form of biometric technology have the potential to replace other biometric security methods such as voice verification, fingerprinting and retinal recognition? http://futurelab.assaabloy.com/en/never-forget-a-face/