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Would You Swap Your Password For A Tattoo?

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 by | Filed Under: Smartphones

The D: All Things Digital conference brings out the heavy hitters in the tech world and Motorola caused quite a buzz when the company discussed search for alternatives to the traditional password at the California conference last week.

Regina Dunn, who heads special projects for Motorola (which is now owned by Google) showed off  an electronic “tattoo” that could be used verify your identity. Certainly harder to steal that a password, Dunn actually wore one on her arm. The tattoos are created using flexible circuits applied to your skin with a rubber stamp. The stamps were designed for medical use, but Google is interested in the possibilities for password protection.

Also on the drawing board, a pill with a battery powered by stomach acid that can produce a signal that turns your whole body into a password. Digital pills have already been approved by the FDA and the European Union.

Considering the privacy concerns raised by Google Glass, so much so that a Congressional Committee recently sent the company a letter demanding answers to seven privacy questions, password tattoos are sure to raise similar concerns.

Motorola head Dennis Woodside said it won’t be happening anytime soon and promised that it’s all going to be optional. “If you want to ensure failure in your innovation, try removing the risks,” Dugan said. “Boredom is the enemy of innovation.”

The real question might be, do people want to be living passwords? Or does it seem more creepy than convenient?

~ Cynthia

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7 Responses to “Would You Swap Your Password For A Tattoo?”

  1. EB says:

    I can see the first headline, Robber cuts mans arm off to steal password to _________ (fill in the blank with whatever). Hi-Res photo, start worrying if somebody takes your photo, they may just want a pix of your tattoo. I know I am just looking at the downside but this is, your word, CREEPY.

  2. Libby R says:

    Can’t wait to see the person that decides they will hide it and have it put on their ankle. Then every time something requires their password, they have to put their ankle to the input device.. HAHA – in reality – I agree….. creeeepy!

  3. Mark says:

    Darn EB you beat me to it. I was going to say something like: “Now instead of just cutting of my finger to get my fringerprint, they will cut off my entire arm!!!!” I guess they could just peal you skin off instead of cutting off you arm, be riskier for them though they might tear the little thingy so they would probably just take the arm.

    FYI EB from Cynthia said just a picture won’t work, it isn’t just a barcode it is a little chip.

  4. Dave says:

    Anyone ever hear of the Mark of the Beast…

    • Carol says:

      Yes, I have been wondering how and when the Mark of the Beast would appear.
      Back in Bible days, the idea would have been totally absurd and impossible. We are the first generation that could even be subjected to the Mark. And Donnie, it’s not stupid. Go read your Bible.

  5. Donnie says:

    Dave is right. It’s just a slow way of getting people used to RFID chips. How can people be so stupid.

  6. gilbert says:

    it will have to be the chip plus,fingerprints and his/her face submit to from the individual a state of the art mega system computer at banks,place of businesses and/or any business which it is necessary to make purchases. Nothing in this world has been fool proof, where theirs a way theirs a will and someone will find a flaw. money was made counterfit proof LOL. We see and have heard fakes are being made matching the so called cannot be faked metro cards another fool proof made but flaws where found LOL

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