Motorola has demonstrated a pair of experimental technologies, which aim to change the the way users authenticate with their mobile phones and tablets, and make them more secure.
Speaking at the AllThingsD conference, Motorola senior vice president of advanced technology and products Regina Dugan showed off devices, which could be worn both inside and outside of the body to provide personalised authentication for users.
The first of the two devices was a “tattoo” that contains electronic components. Designed to last for several days, the flexible pattern could be worn on the skin and would allow the user to authenticate devices automatically.
Dugan noted that for fashion-conscious younger users, the authentication tattoo could be considered both youthful and stylish.
“It may be true that 10-20 year-olds don't want to wear a watch on their wrist,” Dugan said. “But you can be sure they'll be more interested in wearing an electronic tattoo, if only to piss off their parents.”
The second of the experimental technologies the company showed off was a pill authentication device. Designed to be taken daily, the device would utilise electronic components that are activated by the human digestive tract to broadcast a signal, which could then be read by electronic components ranging from mobile phones and tablets to automobiles to provide automated, secure entry.
While no timetable was given for any possible release of an authentication pill the company noted that the system has already been cleared by the US Food and Drug administration as safe for human use.
Executives said that both technologies were part of a larger effort to change the way people access devices. By turning the body itself into a means of authentication, Motorola believes that it can help to make devices both secure and more personal.
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