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Canadian company's Nymi Band unlocks devices using your heartbeat

Last Updated Aug 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm EST

In this dizzying digital day and age, you likely have dozens of passwords swirling around your brain.

Keeping track of them all can be a challenge. But the Canadian company Bionym wants to help simplify your life and increase security by replacing all your passwords with one you’ll never forget – because it’s beating in your chest.

It’s called the Nymi Band, and it unlocks devices and allows you to make purchases by identifying your heart’s unique signature.

Each person’s electrocardiogram (or ECG) is unique, like a fingerprint. The band, which is worn on the wrist, uses technology called HeartID to authenticate users.

“Its underlying technology, security and privacy have been designed specifically to provide the end-user with an empowering, easy-to-use solution to manage their identity,” the company states on its website.

“It can be deployed to any application, location or device, running on any mobile, laptop, desktop or cloud platform.”


But What if you have an irregular heartbeat or medical condition?

According to the company, the device measures your ECG wave rather than your heart rate, making it “tolerant to typical variations in heart rate even if you have an irregular ECG as a result of a medical condition.”

CityNews reporter Francis D’Souza will have a full report on CityNews at 5 and 6. Watch it at citynews.ca/live

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