When you think about it, passwords are a pretty terrible solution to online security. They’re difficult to remember - especially now that it’s recommended that you have a different, extremely complex one for every website you log into - and frighteningly easy to hack, so we need a better way to keep our data under wraps.
A US-based design company called Bionym partnered with identification technology experts, Brivo Labs, to create the Nymi bracelet. This wearable device uses your unique cardiac rhythm, or ‘heartwave pattern’, to act like a form of identification so only you can unlock your online accounts. The bracelet has been designed to work with computers, and the team is also working on getting it to interact with physical doors in an effort to do away with keys and swipe cards forever.
“Your heartbeat is consistent, which makes it different from an iris or fingerprint which needs to be scanned. This makes it a frictionless form of identification, since you don’t need to stop to be verified,” Lee Odess, general manager at Brivo Labs, told Elizabeth Segran from Fast Company. “It’s not just about a signing in. It’s about bringing attributes about yourself so that you can have a curated experience.”
According to Segran, the device works by emitting a Bluetooth signal to identify the wearer based on their heartwave patterns, and computers, doors and gates fitted with matching Brivo Labs software will be activated. The team is also looking at integrating the device into other aspects of our everyday lives, such as turning on lights and activating our cars. If the bracelet falls into the wrong hands and picks up on the wrong heartwave pattern, the system shuts down.
“We are now beginning to see technology that allows people to present themselves to spaces and in response, spaces know what to do with this knowledge,” Odess said.
Watch how it works: