Bracelets That Can Prove Identity Using Heart Beat
For surviving in the digital world Passwords, PINs and security tokens are now indispensable, but all of them can be compromised. Now a new device named the “Nymi” is promising a secure solution. It uses individual’s electrocardiograms to authenticate their identity.
Electrocardiograms are measure of the electrical activity generated by an individual's heart (not the heart rate itself) and are completely unique. These signals depend on the size, position and shape of the heart. In comparison to a fingerprint which is left on every surface a user touches. Your cardiac rhythm is protected inside your body, which makes it almost impossible to mimic, circumvent or steal.
In order to access the Nymi you must first have possession of the wristband. You must possess your unique heart rhythm and finally you must have access to the secure application on a registered smartphone.
Once authenticated, you will remain authenticated so long as the wristband is not removed. The Nymi also has a hardware-based secure element that is both tamper-proof and impossible to duplicate.
The company who has created the device, Bionym, is hoping to work with developers to integrate the Nymi's authentication system with different products. The use of Gyroscope, proximity and accelerometer sensors within the bracelet would allow users to activate their computer when they sit down at their desk in the morning or open their front door with a Jedi-like wave of their hand.
Besides security the Nymi could also be used to personalise your environment especially as more and more consumer products come with internet connectivity as standard. For example: consider recent announcements about Spotify Connect, which is a cloud-synced system for your audio playlists. You can easily pair a Spotify enable device with the Nymi and you could log-in to your account when you walk into a room and start playing a favourite album or playlist.
Bionym CEO Karl Martin indicates that his company is currently in talks with a number of big players and if you think of any of the top mobile manufacturers, they are most likely engaged with them. Bionym saw this was a huge additive value to what they do.