Biometrics: Moving Far Beyond Fingerprints

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Body tattoos and biometrics

MC10 is reshaping the health care industry with its electronic skin patches designed to monitor patient vitals, such as heart rate, in real time, to improve human health, according to Levine. The patches, which are thinner than human hair, can bend, stretch and twist naturally with our bodies. In addition, MC10 announced a recent partnership with custom products designer PCH to expand its application beyond the medical field. Other areas being explored include ticketed events, cashless payments and security, where the electronic tattoo could include our login credentials. “MC10’s WiSP technology could very well turn us into living, breathing passwords soon,” he says.

Security used to mean “difficult,” says Phil Dunkelberger, CEO of Nok Nok Labs. It’s easy to see why he thinks this. Organizations have struggled for decades to find security tools that kept out bad guys while admitting authorized persons. This is both a physical security and cybersecurity issue.

But, Dunkelberger adds, thanks to the impact of biometrics over the past few years, security is no longer quite as difficult. “Every day,” he says, “millions of people interact with a sliver of glass in their pocket that will tell them everything from the current age of the universe to when their shampoo will be delivered to their doorstep to how much money they have in their retirement account. Each of these interactions, thanks to biometrics, can be accomplished seamlessly and without friction. No longer are they required to create and remember a highly entropic code to use as a shared-secret; now they can simply look at that sliver of glass and blink.”

Biometrics are changing the way we think about security. Here are some of the more innovative ways biometrics are being used and what we can expect in the future.

 

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