Amazon is currently developing an Alexa function that will distinguish between users based on their voices, Time reports. Much like Apple’s signature Touch ID feature, Amazon’s “voice print” will certify a person’s identity by matching the voice to a previously recorded sample.
Owners of the Alexa-equipped Amazon Echo smart speakers can already toggle between multiple profiles, but they have to do so manually. “Voice print” can also add another layer of security—especially in times when sensitive information is needed, like credit card details. For example, Alexa would require a parent’s voice to confirm credit card purchases.
Amazon has been working on the voice ID function since the summer of 2015, but the company has not yet said when or if it will be launched. Time has the full story.