Forget Passwords – Use Your Heartbeat to log in!

I heard about the new iPhones that came out a couple weeks ago can use your fingerprint to log in. There was a flurry of emails saying that’s so passé – you can soon log in with your heartbeat!

Wearing a small wristband, the Nymi will verify who you are by measuring your heartbeat and communicate with your devices that you’re close to, so you don’t need to log in to them.

How does it work?

While Bionym, the company behind Nymi, isn’t divulging their technology, another website interviews a scientist with a probable model.:

“Everyone has a slightly different heart beat. We have a different rhythm, a different cadence, etc. Much like our irises and fingerprints, our heartbeat is unique to us, and thus can be used to identify us. and it is this fact that Chun-Liang Lin of the National Chung Hsing University in Taichung, Taiwan wants to exploit for security. Using an Electrocardiogram, or ECG, to monitor an individual’s heart beat, he managed to create a mathematical model of how an individual’s heart beats.

“Lin’s proof of concept samples an individual once and generates a key, from the mathematical model. Then, when the system is to be unlocked, another ECG reading is taken. The two are compared, and, if it is the same, then the system is unlocked. This can be done quickly, thanks to the reading being taken on the palm.”

Since I’m in the medical field, I’d be curious to know how wearing this device all the time will affect the body.

 

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