Modern life is a mosaic of login screens. Just kidding. It’s more like a hectic maze of them, where we’re typing, mistyping, retyping, forgetting, and changing a long list of passwords and usernames to interact with the technology in our life. It’s almost as if we’re being trained on some secret skill that we don’t even know we’re learning.
And we’ve tried to simplify the authentication process in a range of ways from password apps to biometrics. But mostly we’re still just using memory. Here’s an idea, though, that’s, well, a whole lot weirder.
According to the Daily Mail, a company called Proteus Digital Health has created a pill to help you with your passwords. But it’s no Ginkgo biloba abstract. It’s a piece of technology that you swallow. From the article:
The tiny swallowable capsules contain a minute chip that transmits an individual’s personal details.
Electronic devices will be able to read the unique signal, ending the need for passwords and paper forms of ID, such as passports - and freeing users from such mundane tasks as recalling countless codes and security answers.
Already approved by the both the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and European regulators, the ingestible sensor is powered by a battery using the acid in the wearer’s stomach.
It takes about a day for the pill to leave your system, so you’d need to take one daily (or as directed by your doctor), and the big concern is still security…the same concern that keeps us in CAPTCHA-land.
And, of course, it’s a little bit disconcerting—and a whole lot disgusting—to think of something in your stomach and bowel interacting with the technology at your fingertips, but it is at least one step away from the more palatable (although not literally) concepts of implantable technologies.