Wednesday 5 June 2013

Nice Tat, Mate. Is That for Gmail or Vodafone?

In the race to replace the soon-to-be-obsolete password, Motorola has some innovative ideas — among them, tattoos.
Photo Credit: Lorena Cupcake
That’s right kids, soon you’ll be securing your online credentials and ticking off your parents at the same time. If that’s not a win-win, I don’t know what is.

According to Motorola senior vice president of advanced technology and products Regina Dugan who spoke at the AllThingsD conference, one of the devices the company is developing is a temporary tattoo that would be worn on the skin and would allow the wearer to authenticate their credentials on any device they use. The tattoo would last for only a few days.

“It may be true that 10-20 year-olds don't want to wear a watch on their wrist, but you can be sure they'll be more interested in wearing an electronic tattoo, if only to piss off their parents,” Dugan said.

Motorola also revealed a pill authentication device at the conference. Intended to be taken daily, the pill’s electronic components would react with chemicals in the user’s digestive tract and subsequently broadcast the appropriate signals for authentication that could be read by anything from mobiles to cars.

The pill has already been cleared by US Food and Drug Administration, though no timetable was given for its release.

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