Proving who you are is getting increasingly difficult in the online world, as companies try to shore up their defenses as best they can. Remembering long and complicated passwords feels like a never ending arms race of memory vs hacker ingenuity, which is why products like the Nymi could be a very welcome breath of fresh air.
How does the Nymi help you prove you’re you? By tracking something that’s unique to you. No, not your DNA, we don’t want someone grabbing a bit of your hair and using that to trick it. Instead, the Nymi uses your heart’s rhythm, which is very difficult to replicate.
The Nymi isn’t a one stop solution though, but requires multiple factors of authentication. You need an authorised app on your phone and the Nymi itself to authenticate yourself. To do so, you touch your finger to the top of the wristband and wait a few seconds. Once you’ve been recognised, it will give you a little vibration and flash some LEDs to let you know.
Since the Nymi knows you’re you, it can then tell other devices and applications, opening up loads of potential uses. You could open your front door, or your hotel room with the band on. You could pay for items, start your car or access websites and social networks just by waving your wrist over whatever device you’re using.
Nymi is also promising a lot of interaction with app developers and software creators, meaning the potential for far reaching applications is huge.
The Nymi is still in the pre-order phase, with just over 8,000 sold already at $79.99. However, when it goes on sale officially at some point in the next few months, it will set you back $100.
Like many revolutionary wearable products, the potential issue with the Nymi band is adoption. If app developers or retailers don’t support it, it has very little use. However, if it sees mass adoption, it could change the way we interact with many aspects of our world. It all comes down to the age old chicken and egg problem.
The Nymi has a lot of potential and it would certainly make life a lot easier not having to remember 10+ long passwords for everyday PC usage. However, I do worry that without a lot of users, it won’t see much in the way of compatible applications and without that, people won’t buy it.