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A Password Pill?

Posted on March 21st, 2014 by Colin Blackwell

Let’s face it, we all have numerous usernames and passwords to various social media sites, retailers, and bank accounts. All of these can become difficult to manage at times. And if you use simplistic passwords over and over, you’re much more susceptible to hackers. Especially considering how often hacking is occurring to major retailers. We’ve become accustomed to these common problems plaguing all of us with no solution within reach.

Well what if I were to tell you, the solution has arrived. The company Motorola is developing two possible products which could hit the market in the next year.

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The first of these products is a removable, electronic “tattoo,” This product contains stretchable circuits which make it possible to be worn like a Band-Aid. Within this little patch is the technology to hold all the data and information you need to log into any and all bank accounts, emails, social media, etc.

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The next product is a revolutionary piece of technology that seems to have been taken right out of the 1960’s cartoon The Jetsons. An edible password pill is currently being developed. “This pill has a small chip inside of it, with a switch. It also has what amounts to an inside-out potato battery,” says Regina Dugan, the former DARPA chief now heading bleeding-edge research at Motorola. “When you swallow it, the acids in yourstomach serve as the electrolyte, and they power it up and the switch goes on and off and it creates an 18-bit ECG-like signal in your body. Essentially, your entire body becomes your authentication token.”

Once swallowed, Dugan said, “it means that my arms are like wires, my hands are like alligator clips — when I touch my phone, my computer, my door, my car, I’m authenticated in. It’s my first super power. I want that.”

These products are still being perfected but when they’re released, they could revolutionize the way we log into anything on our smartphones, which compared the phones themselves, the password system seems completely out dated.