SAN DIEGO - A new test hitting the U.S. marketplace could be used to watch your eyes to find out if you're telling the truth.
EyeDetect is a digital lie detector on display at the annual International Association of Chiefs of Police convention in San Diego this week.
Todd Mickelsen of Converus, which developed EyeDetect, said the secret is the pupils.
"Specifically, the pupils get slightly larger" as you lie, explained Mickelsen. "EyeDetect works on the premise that when you lie, it requires more mental effort."
Mickelsen also said EyeDetect is much faster than the traditional lie detector that measures a person's pulse. He added it's also 85 percent accurate.
Mickelsen said EyeDetect could scan 10,000 people in a three-week span, making it ideal for job applications or immigration visa reviews.
"Anyone who needs to screen a large group of people on something that's important, such as a visa applicant," he said.
EyeDetect uses a computer screen and a small infrared eye-tracking camera at the bottom of the screen.
Mickelsen said Converus is targeting public entities like city governments and police departments to use EyeDetect to screen potential job applicants and existing employees "where you want to know if they have a past that would disqualify them from being worthy to work in that position."
Mickelsen said a San Diego Police Department representative expressed interest in using EyeDetect to hire non-sworn officer employees and department employees.
"EyeDetect is the first viable solution really in a hundred years for detecting deception accurately," he said.