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 obviously need a better way to keep our data under wraps.
So 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. Right now, the bracelet only works with computers, but the team is now working on getting it to work 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.” Via This wearable device replaces passwords using the unique patterns of your heart beats.