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Swallow a Pill or Have a Digital Tattoo: What do You Choose to Be Authenticated?

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QArea Expert Marketing Manager
June 12, 2013
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Authentication today has certain unsolved problems or bluntly speaking it irritates in most cases. An average user enters passwords about 40 times a day, while average power user enters it more than a hundred times during a day. Authentication needs to be improved for example adopting such solutions as fobs and tokens with embedded Bluetooth or NFC.

The future of authentication can appear in different forms. The most curious one is an digital tattoo which can be wore on the skin. The tattoo proposed for users of Motorola smartphones has sensors and antenna helping to recognize a master which is much more convenient than to punch a password an enormous number of times. The invented solution extends users’ capabilities and might become a popular mean among teens who will definitely like the idea to wear a tattoo in order to tease their parents. Future tattoos promise to offer users colorful and unexpected design options.

But this is not all the innovations the Motorola team is going to bring to life. Taking a vitamin daily is another way of password management. There are already Proteus’ pills for medical apps. The senor inside each pill is not bigger than a grit. Being used in medicine, the pill is approved by doctors and government so the person can take 30 such pills a day totally safely.

Those pills work due to the small chips which are inside them. When a person swallow such pill, his stomach’s acids perform the function of electrolyte and power the pill’s battery up. The switch starts going on and off creating an ECG-like signal inside the body. Thus your body serves as an authentication token if you want to get into your car, open a door or simply touch your phone.

However such pills will not be shipping in the near future. In turn, Moto X is real and will be launched by October. The device will be equipped with sensors. Motorola was always good at managing both the device’s power and “ultra-low power sensors” as accelerometers and gyroscopes. Being always on they will help the device to determine a user’s state at the moment. The Moto X phone will know exactly, if you are taking it out of the bag to use the camera and will fire it up in advance. So you will be able to interact with your phone.

The future of authentication appears to provide users with rather shocking tactics. Nevertheless we hope that those changes will minimize the efforts needed to log in.

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