September 09, 2013
Nymi Wristband uses your heart rhythm as a password — Fingerprints sensors are SO over
I don't know about you but I have been waiting for a long time for some sort of biometric device to help with passwords.
According to the latest rumors, the new iPhone 5S coming out on September 10 might well have a fingerprint scanner.
What about everything else?
The Nymi, a high-tech wristband from Toronto-based Bionym, might well replace passwords and physical keys.
The biometric bracelet works by monitoring the wearer's cardiac rhythm with its electrocardiogram sensor.
The wave pattern,
called a PQRST,
is unique to each person because the pattern is determined by the size of the heart, its shape, and its position in the body.
PQRST patterns are much more difficult to replicate than fingerprints (lifted off anything you touch) or facial parameters (photographs).
The data which authenticates the wearer is then transmitted via Bluetooth to a registered Nymi device.
The wristband also contains a a gyroscope and accelerometer which allows for gestures while unlocking.
The 3-factor security system depends on the possession of the Nymi wristband, the unique heartbeat, and an "authorized authentication device."
How close is this technology?
They have released the API and will be working closely with other developers.
Karl Martin, the CEO and co-founder, said, "At launch in the beginning of 2014, it will support built-in device unlocking capabilities and work with a range of third party apps."
[via Richard Kashdan]
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This thing is a disaster in the making. What if you have a MI or cardiac surgery that forever changes the morphology of your QRS? What about people like me with intermittent Afib?
Posted by: Lampoilman | Sep 12, 2013 12:52:31 AM
And, what happens to that cardiac biometric when:
(1) you just happened upon a heat-stroke victim while in mid-race; or,
(2) you develop a dysrythmia; or,
(3) your training decreases your resting heart rate to the point that the gadget doesn't recognize your heart?
Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Sep 9, 2013 7:39:08 PM
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