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Your pulse is as unique as a fingerprint, and a Canadian company have found a way to harness this unique identification pattern to create a secure piece of wearable tech- This is the Nymi biometric band.

Toronto based Bionym have create a wearable band that can be used as a biometric recognition system.

Slap the wristband on, and the Nymi uses an ECG sensor to securely recognise who you are from you’re the overall structure of your heartwave.

From this info, the Nymi can be used to unlock devices, monitor vitals and access profiles on your latest tech.

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The idea is for the users to have seamless experience accessing their technology. Cutting out the stumbling blocks of passwords and clunky pin keys, a user could simply wave their hand at a PC to log on, unlock a car door or access a secure file.

The security aspect of a biometric band is obviously an advantage. It would be impossible for a thief to, for example, steal your Nymi band and access your secure files. This is because the login is tied to your very specific biometric pattern, not the band itself.

Naturally this is not the case if a hacker acquires a password or even your house key for that matter.

Nymi authenticates identity by matching the ‘fingerprint’ of the user’s heartbeat, this is recorded and deciphered via an electrocardiogram sensor (ECG) in the band.


Biotech has already been implemented, with varying success, to a number of consumer grade products. Predominantly fingerprint scanning on laptops, iris recognition or facial tracking on cameras.

However Nymi, unlike other biotech authentication methods, doesn’t require the user to constantly authenticate at every stage of unlocking.

Nymi records your authentication so long as the user keeps wearing the wristband. You just need to keep your heartbeat booming and the device does the rest.


The second phase of the Nymi project is actually gearing programmes and apps to work with the band. Bionym are working with developers to actually create programmes to work with the band. After all an all-encompassing recognition system is pretty useless if it not actually compatible with anything.

Developers are being asked to help progress the biometric band and get involved with their open source “nymulator”.

Nymi is currently available for pre-order at $79 and is set to ship in late 2014.


  1. If you lose a wristband how long does it take to get a new one? Obviously you can’t order it online because you won’t have access to your computer, or perhaps even house if you have Nymi’d the front door. Security devices are good up to a point, but you will always need a backup plan.

  2. Is the data from the band accessible from the internet/wifi? If so, could a sample of the data be copied and effectively ‘replayed’ ?

  3. So if the band is lost or stolen how do you get access to the device if it is “locked” to the band?

  4. I think bill is saying, if you lose the device, how can you then access stuff. As you do not have a reader for your pulse. Presumably a back up old school username and password option.

  5. If you need access to something urgently, and your late and stressed will it fail to recognise your usual calm self.

  6. A backup username and password would be useless as that ix what the hackers would target. What they need is for not a wrist band but a devise which recognises the pulse when you wave your hand over it and to take a finger print at same time. Possibly allow another relative like wife or mother to be a backup pulse? Rob

  7. get it implanted into your wrist, then the government will be able to track your every movement. This is the start of a real Big Bother apocalypse.

  8. Interesting device but without more information I see this as easily hacked. Once the unit has been purchased it would be easy for someone to reverse engineer, pull out the algorithms and then use a computer to record and playback. Admittedly getting an individuals heart rhythm could be challenging, but surely not impossible. It would be very interesting to see how long the battery lasts too and the standards around proximity. With so many personal devices close to people items could be unlocked frequently.

  9. In the world of IT nothing is impossible and nothing is dead certain either…

    “Cannot be hacked” is a fallacy that will soon be proved as such

    People used to say MAC or indeed Apple are the safest systems out there and Linux too and guess what, today just head to vulnerability databases and see for yourself how many areas you can be attacked from using these very ‘safe systems’

    Biometrics have been compromised before, a prof used fish scales and other technics to fool the retina scanner. Now this might be POC only but given enough resources and determination the would be hackers can get at you no matter what. And social engineering is getting better and faster too, just to caution

  10. So there you are having a heart attack. Luckily you have your mobile with you. Shame it won’t unlock because your heartwave just changed.


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