Motorola reveals e-tattoo and eatable password mechanism
Motorola has revealed an e-authentication tattoo and an FDA-approved pill which uses the body to transmit passwords, and says it wants to see a new era of smartphones updated towards such wearable – or edible – expertise.
The Electronic Authentication Tatoo
Talking at the D11 conference, Regina Dugan – the former female head of DARPA who shifted to the Chocolate Factory last year – said that with our plethora of gadgets, authentication needs to be easy. The typical user has to sign-on 39 times per day, and it takes them 2.3 seconds a point to do it each time – and that’s if you memorize the code word.
To break this, she claims either getting tattooed or using authentication in capsule form as a way of saving those valuable seconds that are being so inefficiently lost. The business is still stuck with the same login technology that it has used for many years, she said, and Motorola has the response – or at least the allies to provide it.
She showed off a stick-on electronic tattoo on her arm consisting of a wireless power coil, temperature, ECG, phone sensors, and a small LED with a wireless antenna border. Motorola is working with the inventors, Cambridge, Massachusetts firm MC10, on a version for verification, she said, and they would be available in a variety of models.
“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 far more interested in wearing an e-tattoo, if only to piss off their parents,” she said. So-called analysts might oppose*.
The stick-on circuitry can last about 2 weeks before needing to be replaced, and the connections between the silicon and sensors are designed to flex 200 per cent, she said. The system would be sprayed with a plastic composite to assure your morning shower doesn’t leave you a non-person.
Dugan also showed off a capsule containing a switch and what she described as an “inside-out potato battery” that uses abdomen acids as an electrolyte and causes the switch to flick on and off. The consequential “18-bit ECG-like signal” is then transmit throughout your body for as long as the device remains in it.
“It’s really factual; it means that that becomes my first superpower. I really want this superpower,” she said. “It means my arms are like wires, my hands are like alligator clips, and when I handle my phone, my PC, my door, my car, I’m authenticated in.”
The mechanism, developed by Proteus Digital Heath, was FDA-approved and CE-stamped for people to take up to 30 of these pills a day she said, for their remaining of your lives, she added.