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.
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.