With the proliferation of mobile devices, specifically wearable technology, vital biometrics are becoming increasingly relevant. Once a modality confined to clinics or the treadmill, vital biometrics are undergoing a major transformation thanks to very recent innovations in device making, financial infrastructure and the Internet of Things.
November is Vital Biometrics Month here at Mobile ID World and to kick things off we’ve put together a primer to get you up to speed on this frontier technology.
The most common and familiar form of consumer-facing vital biometrics has to do with healthy living. Being able to track the way your body is reacting to physical activity can be a major benefit when it comes to working out. In the past, fitness tracking devices were relegated to the wristband, but this year a number of companies have decided to make active living the domain of the headphones.
The following articles will give you an idea about how wearables and vital biometrics are finding new ways to keep users active.
The rise of wearable tech and the spread of connectivity is helping vital biometrics enter homes and free up hospital beds. The solutions described in the articles below will give you an idea of how the ability to measure a patient’s vitals remotely can help better diagnose and treat illness, reduce hospital overcrowding and keep a constant guarding eye over society’s most vulnerable humans.
Authentication and Finance
This category is dominated by Toronto startup Bionym, who’s wearable Nymi wristband offers users persistent biometric authentication based on their unique EKG readings. There are a ton of potential applications for this invisible authentication technology, many having to do with the burgeoning Internet of Things.
Unlocking doors, accessing computers or mobiles, activating climate control or entertainment presets in your car or home: these are all on the table with Bionym technology. But that’s not all, in what was arguably the biggest news out of Money20/20 this week, the company announced that it’s trialing a Nymi-based payment solution. If successful, users will be able to pay for goods with their heartbeats.
Perhaps due it its intimacy, broad scope of physical traits or dynamic nature, vital biometric tech has some very interesting applications. Here are some vital biometrics solutions that really expand on the idea of how our bodies, technology and society are connecting in very exciting ways.
Stay posted to Mobile ID World throughout November as we take an in depth look at vital biometrics and their various applications. Get involved by following us on Twitter and tweeting using the hashtag #MIDWMonthly.