Technology

'Pulse Password' Could Soon Replace Pin Numbers

| by Emily Smith

Canadian startup company Bionym may change security for good with its new “Nymi” wristband, which uses a person’s unique heartbeat to unlock anything from computer accounts to cars.

According to Bionym chief executive officer Karl Martin, there are unique characteristics that relate to the size of the heart, its position and the physiology surrounding it. In fact, heartbeats are as distinct as fingerprints.

“It’s going to be a way for us to interact with the world around us without having to constantly identify ourselves,” Mashable.com’s Lance Ulanoff said, noting that passwords would never be forgotten again.

The device will verify a person’s pulse once they put it on, so those who are stressed or exercising won’t have to worry about suddenly being locked out.

Security expert Rohit Sethi said the Nymi watch is safer than any alphanumeric passcode, creating a considerable roadblock for hackers.

The Nymi wristband is expected to hit stores in 2014 with each device selling at $100, though it seems the wristband will not be the only gadget with tougher security in mind.

Motorola is currently designing a temporary tattoo with a computer chip and antenna.

A pill is also in the works that dissolves and turns the body into a transmitter.

Sources: CBS News, Newser