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We could be seeing BioStamps and Digital Health pills for consumer authentication

Biostamps have been developed by Massachusetts-based engineering firm MC10, and contain flexible electronic circuits that are attached to the wearer’s skin using a rubber stamp.The technology aims to remove the need to enter passwords and replace them simply by a phone being close to a user’s body. This was one of the suggestions Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s chief executive, California’s D11 conference yesterday.  Motorola hopes the ‘Biostamps’ could now be used for consumer authentication purposes.

Motorola are said to be also investigating the Proteus Digital Health pill, which has already been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and was given European regulatory approval in 2010. Its computer chip is powered by a battery using the acid in a user’s stomach.The pill creates a unique signal like an ECG trace that can be picked up by devices outside the body and which could be used to verify a user’s identity. It can be taken daily for up to a month, it has been claimed.

Motorola admitted that such experimental ideas were not going to be on sale soon. However,  Motorola claimed it had “tested it authenticating a phone, and it works.’

 Image by Robert S. Donovan.


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