LEHI, Utah – You have probably heard of people who claim they can tell if someone is lying by just looking them in the eye.
Well, a Lehi-based company called Converus says their EyeDetect technology can actually tell if someone is lying up to 90% of the time.
When someone mentions a polygraph, most people think of a polygraph, but EyeDetect is not one of them.
A polygraph looks for changes in the user’s heart rate, breathing pattern, and sweating.
Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelson said that unlike a polygraph test, EyeDetect looks for changes in the size of your students and other things to see if you are telling the truth.
“You can learn how to control your breathing, you can learn how to relax so you don’t sweat. What you can’t do is control those involuntary changes in your eyes,” Mickelson said.
EyeDetect uses an eye tracker to record changes in pupil size along with about 100 other factors, including how quickly you read the question and how quickly you answer.
The tool collects approximately half a million data points during a 15-minute test.
The data is fed into an algorithm that rates the user on a scale from 1 to 100.
It is believed that people who get a score closer to 1 lie and those who get a score closer to 100 are more truthful.
Tech 13 tech reporter Jordan Hogan was challenged to lie to EyeDetect and not allow him to find out a number he had dialed.
He dialed number 7 and after a few rounds of questioning, Jordan was unable to outsmart the system.
Aside from the games, more lawyers are now urging judges to include EyeDetect tests in criminal proceedings.
“There was one case in New Mexico state that did and it was actually accepted as evidence in the courts,” Mickelson said.
Lawyers who submit the tests as evidence also submit a polygraph test alongside them.
EyeDetect has an accuracy rating of up to 90%, and according to the American Polygraph Association (APA), polygraphs, when done correctly, have an accuracy rating of 83%.
The attorneys who submit the tests argue that the accuracy of both tests taken together should be enough to determine if someone is lying or telling the truth.
In the end, it is up to a judge to decide whether they can be presented as evidence in a trial.
Jerrod Baum’s defense team filed a motion to use the results of an EyeDetect test and a polygraph as evidence in his murder trial.
Baum is the man charged with murder in connection with the 2019 deaths of Riley Powell and Breezy Otteson.
The prosecutors have until Monday, April 19, 2021 to appeal the application.
After that, the defense of the opposition will respond and ask the court to rule.