Intel's newest solution to passwords: wave your hands

You know how it goes: you try to login on some online service, only to find you don't remember the password. Or you've got one of the few laptops with finger-print scanners which don't always work that well. The world's largest chip maker thinks it has found the solution to these problems: wave your hands.

Researchers at Intel have developed a tablet with custom engineered software and a biometric sensor that scans the patterns of veins of your palm, which is unique per person just like finger prints. By just waving your hands in front of the screen without touching it, you can communicate your identity to an online service.  According to the director of security research at Intel Labs, Sridhar Iyengar, biometrics is one of the ways to solve the password problem:

The problem with passwords — we use too many of them, their rules are complex, and they differ for different websites

Intel's system is a little different from most biometric identification systems. Once the user is identified, the system automatically connects software and embedded hardware with all protected services. In other words, the tablet, smartphone or laptop is responsible for identifying users instead of the service. Another feature is that the system automatically locks the access to connected services and hardware, when the users puts the tablet down and the systems detects that the user has gone away.

Iyengar also said Intel plans to work with service providers for the technology to reach its full potential. According to Intel chief technology officer, Justin Rattner, an increasing amount of lab work is focused on finding solutions to real-life problems. Rattner also said although Intel's palm-reading technology is still under development, it doesn't require new kind of chips.

Source: Reuters

Report a problem with article
Previous Story

BioWare co-founders depart studio and game industry

Next Story

PayPal to stop conversions of Argentine pesos to USD

13 Comments

Commenting is disabled on this article.

imho biometric passwords are not the solution.

Most of the time they are unreliable and in some cases they add danger. (I need your fingerprint to start this superexpensive car? fine, give me your finger)

yeah true to that! I rather lose my car which I can buy again then losing a finger that would be lost forever!

XerXis said,
imho biometric passwords are not the solution.

Most of the time they are unreliable and in some cases they add danger. (I need your fingerprint to start this superexpensive car? fine, give me your finger)

XerXis said,
imho biometric passwords are not the solution.

Most of the time they are unreliable and in some cases they add danger. (I need your fingerprint to start this superexpensive car? fine, give me your finger)


All you're saying is that the current concepts of biometric passwords have shortcomings. Technology could overcome these.

What needs to be understood is that passwords are a BAD solution to security. Some people are actively investigating alternatives. Others are sitting on forums naysaying.

neufuse said,
well this will go over well with disabled people who lost their hands...

Wow okay, like people without hands are that large of a population. Have you ever seen a person without hands ever use a computer? Think about it, how would they use a computer today even with normally typing in a password?

Not even dude!!!!!

say by mistake I have forgotten to set the logoff time to never.
I start fapping and mid through the computer locks.

Are you saying I have to wave to unlock ... (then again you also have to click) but point is ... left hand or right hand is different while clicking can be done either way NOT interrupting the said action.

Pluto is a Planet said,

Wow okay, like people without hands are that large of a population. Have you ever seen a person without hands ever use a computer? Think about it, how would they use a computer today even with normally typing in a password?

apparently a sarcastic joke goes over your head to easily...

neufuse said,
well this will go over well with disabled people who lost their hands...

They can use their stumps, their feet, and when the goin gets tough, their pecker.

neufuse said,

apparently a sarcastic joke goes over your head to easily...

Lol well in that case, looking back, it was a pretty good joke. These days you never know when someone in a comment area is being sarcastic...