Despite all the hype about the Apple Watch fakes and spoofs and the doubts about the need for it, now comes news of a wristband which will change everything.
The Halifax bank is thought to be the first to test technology which will permit customers to to prove their identities through slim wristbands, or bracelets.
What makes this system stand out is that the wristband will contain a cardiac signature – every person’s cardiac rhythm is unique.
Step Forward The Nymi
Nymi is the name given to this wristband being developed by Canadian company Bionym. Naturally, the process will allow contact-less payments everywhere, open cars and buildings, aid airports and borders security and even allow people to withdraw cash from holes in the wall.
And they claim that it will be more secure than pins, codes, passwords, eye-scanning biometric fingerprints, ear prints and facial recognition technologies. They put a video on YouTube explaining some of the possibilities of the fairly unobtrusive device.
It is just one company coming up with ideas to make the password, username and all their brothers totally obsolete. The Telegraph has a video exploring two more – the veins of our eyes and our ECG readings.
Barclaycard will roll out this year their bPay band, a free rubber wristband containing a contactless payment chip which will be linked to a credit/debit card.
Don’t Forget Disney
According to Time magazine Disney can now ‘track your every move with wristbands.’ In other words, ‘Big Brother’s got mouse ears.
Elianna Docekterman explained, ‘Families planning trips to one of Disney’s theme parks can now get waterproof rubber wristbands embedded with computer chips in lieu of paper tickets. When scanned, the bands can act as a park entry ticket, a FastPass, a hotel room key and a credit card. The “Magic Bands” — which are currently optional — are part of a new MyMagic+ “vacation management system” that can track guests as they move throughout the park.
Optional? For now. And how long before all other theme parks follow suit? And schools and hospitals, day centres and universities? Shops, restaurants, factories and other workplaces? The police?
Pretty soon to satisfy alleged ‘security’ demands we’ll all be wearing the wretched wristbands.