Bionym, the company that developed the Nymi Heartbeat Bracelet, may have invented a device that allows aspiring wearers to simplify their lives technologically. Today, anyone with a computer, smartphone, or even a simple cash card will have to remember multiple passwords – unless they’ve chosen the simple, risky option of using one password across multiple platforms.
This wristband could potentially allow users to unlock all of their registered devices without a PIN or password.
What are they
That Nymi’s Heartbeat Bracelet it is exactly that – a simple rubber band with a sensor that detects the wearer’s heart rate. These devices are wearable authentication devices, enabling owners to be “identified” by their devices, from smartphones to computers, vehicles, ATM/debit cards, computers, tablets, and home alarm systems.
What Bracelets Do
The bracelet detects the wearer’s heart rate, like a fingerprint. According to Bionim, the heart rate of the bracelet wearer is completely unique and can be used as a form of identification. Once the wearer’s heart rate is detected via the integrated electrocardiogram (ECG), the wristband will power on. He then pressed a finger against a sensor at the top of the bracelet, which completed an electrical circuit. The wristband vibrates, activating the LEDs, which notify the wristband owner that their identity has been recognized. As long as he wears the bracelet, he stays connected to all of his registered devices.
The bracelet has a gyroscope and accelerometer, which recognize simple movements. The device also contains built-in Bluetooth, which aids connection to the wearer’s other devices and tells the device how close it is to the smartphone, for example. Data can be transmitted without putting too much strain on the battery. Users can customize notifications for social, email, and text updates. It will work with Windows, iOS, Mac OS X and Android.
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Users simply move their hand to start their car; buy something; activate their computer or tablet; and even unlocking hotel room doors. As long as each device is enrolled in Nymi’s Heartbeat Bracelet, it transmits the wearer’s heartbeat, signaling the device to operate, since he or she is authenticated.
Bionym tested the bracelet with over 1,000 people, proving that it is at least comparable to fingerprint recognition.
How It Simplifies The Life Of The Wearer
By using the wearer’s heartbeat, the bracelet authenticates who he really is. Instead of having to interact individually with each device she owns, she can allow her bracelet to control and unlock each of her devices.
This means he doesn’t have to struggle to remember the password for each of his email or bank accounts or social network accounts, especially if he is a member of several, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Reddit or others.
When his hands and arms are full, he doesn’t have to bother taking his car keys out of his pocket to unlock his car. Instead Nymi’s Heartbeat Bracelet wirelessly unlocks her car for her, allowing her to load her car with everything she’s carrying.
Identity theft is high and getting higher. Privacy is protected when the wearer doesn’t have to log into his smartphone or computer while in a public area. The bracelet securely inserts it.
John Chupon is an author and recognized authority on bracelets, currently working for City Bracelet.