Future Tech: Sign-in to your device using your heartbeat

As the quest for more advance and secured device sign-in authentication continues, it is no longer far fetched as a team of researchers at the Birmingham State University in New York are looking into utilizing the human heartbeat as a secured sign-in method.

Although, most wearable devices that are already in the open market can track heart-rate, so with a technology as this, the device only needs to convert the beat into a unique bio-metric key.

The key could be used for different purposes; to unlock smartphones, social networks log-in and can even be used as a smart fob for doors and lockers in high security areas. Deployment could be tied into a wellness program, which many companies are now embracing.

With the use of the human heartbeat via a wearable, it would be an added advantage, as it would require less energy consumption on a wearable than to go through traditional layers of encryption before a sign-in is authenticated.

Heartbeat authentication is far more unique than a fingerprint and has lot of benefits, although, it has some few setbacks as humans do tend to experience irregularities if nervous or tired, something that could interfere with the authentication process.

As heartbeat technology continues to advance, we have companies that are already making progress on getting it right, just like the wearable device called the Nymi Band, already uses heartbeat authentication along side Apple’s Touch ID. It bio-metric key is transported using Bluetooth and NFC, making it applicable to thousands of devices and applications.

In the near future, one could see that we could all be signing into devices and accounts using our heartbeat, as it possibility is becoming more realistic by the day, since interest for multi-factor authentication continues to be high in demand as people are asking for more security on their devices.


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