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A Taiwanese start-up has developed a novel replacement for text passwords. It lets users create their own unique “air signature” by waving their gadgets around in a particular way, like a magician with a virtual wand. The technology, developed by AirSig, uses the gyroscopes found in smartphones, smartwatches and other wearable tech to perform various tasks, from authenticating yourself to unlocking your phone, from paying for transactions to remotely opening doors and playing games.
It works by creating create a unique algorithm from the gestures, which adapts as the user becomes more proficient in making virtual “air signs”.

Source: BBC

Date: October 9th, 2014

Link: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29533665

Discussion:

1) How would you feel about waving your phone or any other device around in order to access the content on it?

2) Passwords do very little to actual authenticate who a person is, as all they really do is show a person has a password.  Would this “wand waving” idea really help authenticate the user?

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