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Motorola developing electronic tattoos and vitamin pills to replace passwords

Google-owned Motorola is said to be working on a new technology that could make passwords redundant.

Motorola Advanced Technology and Projects group chief, Regina Dugan, disclosed at the D11 conference that they are working on electronic tattoo or implantable chips that would make the human body the tool for identification.

Dugan was quoted by the website AllThingsD as saying: "If you want to ensure failure in your innovation, try removing the risks. Boredom is the enemy of innovation."

Another option the company is trying out is vitamin authentication.

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A pill can be ingested and then the battery-powered pill with stomach acid can produce an 18-bit internal signal, following which the swallower’s whole body becomes a password.

The company, however, said that these will be not on sale any time soon.

Motorola is said to be working with mc10, a start-up tech firm, to develop the flexible tattoo technology.

"Authentication is irritating. So irritating that only about half the people do it even though there’s a lot of information about you on your smart phone," said Dugan.


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