A new GamesBeat event is around the corner! Learn more about what comes next. 

SAN FRANCISCO — Intel research executive Genevieve Bell showed that a smartphone can recognize who is holding it by the way the person walks.

The device uses its accelerometer and gyroscope to recognize the pattern of the way you walk, whether you are in high heels or sneakers. It recognizes your gait from measuring that data for a long time. It knows how you move and at what pace, and makes a determination of who you are.

Onstage today at the Intel Developer Forum, Lama Nachman, an Intel researcher walked with a smartphone, and measurements from the accelerometer and gyro showed up in real time on the big screen. Then Bell took the phone and walked with it. Within a matter of a dozen steps, it recognized that she as an imposter and locked the phone.

The demo was created by Intel Labs and it is not a product yet.


VentureBeat's mission is to be a digital town square for technical decision-makers to gain knowledge about transformative technology and transact. Our site delivers essential information on data technologies and strategies to guide you as you lead your organizations. We invite you to become a member of our community, to access:
  • up-to-date information on the subjects of interest to you
  • our newsletters
  • gated thought-leader content and discounted access to our prized events, such as Transform 2021: Learn More
  • networking features, and more
Become a member