Imagine a life without passwords. Intel can and it hopes to do away them with new technology the chip maker is testing.
Intel researchers are developing a tablet that recognizes the unique patterns of veins in a person’s palm, removing the need to enter passwords, according to a Reuters report.
Sridhar Iyengar, director of security research at Intel Labs, said the key is biometrics, which involves using unique physiological characteristics to verify identities. The use of biometrics is considered more accurate than passwords, tokens or PINs, which could fall into the hands of anyone.
The tablet prototype Ivengar presented Thursday at a developer forum in San Francisco used new software and a biometric sensor to recognize his palm, Reuters reported.
Iyengar quickly waved his hand in front of the tablet without touching it. Once the tablet recognized his identity, Iyengar said, it could pass the information on securely to banks, social networks and others services. The tablet also sensed when he was away from it and logged itself off.
Can you foresee a time when you’ll no longer need to enter a password on your computer or smartphone?