Although it turns out that polar bears can be easily identified by their whisker pattern. Every single polar bear out there has a unique whisker pattern similar to a human's fingerprint. This pattern can be used to identify and distinguish different bears (if you can get a good picture). This distinction is exactly what researchers at the University of Manitoba are trying to exploit. They are calling for submissions from the public to build up their polar bear database (so far they have 16 bears categorized). Of course the average Joe doesn't have pictures of a polar bear up close (especially in the required orientation). But if you happen to have some pictures of polar bears lying around, head on over to the Polar Bear Photo-Identification Library and submit them.
|Anchor Points for whisker spot detection|
|Extracted whisker spots for algorithm.|
So you may be asking yourself what does this have to do with Biometrics? I just found it very interesting that humans are not the only animals that Biometrics could be applied to and thought that you would want to know about a program using basically Biometrics on polar bears.