Bionym, which is a Toronto based company has launched an SDK for its upcoming ID authentication wristband called Nymi. Recently more than 6000 developers have shown interest in creating software that will connect to the heartwave sensing bangle. All ready more than 7000 ID authentication wristbands worth $79 have been sold, these will be shipped in Spring 2014.
This wristband from Bionym authenticates the user’s identity by matching the shape of their heartwave, which is calculated by the electrocardiogram sensor. The authentication is maintained until the ID authentication wristband stays in position, after that user doesn’t need to repeat the authentication throughout the day.
At the time of the launch of the pre-orders of Nymi, Apple announced its new flagship iPhone S5, in which a new fingerprint sensor is embedded into the home button. The latest biometric approach from Apple shows that the technology is finally heating up and ready to replace the passcodes and passwords in order to beef up the security.
This latest approach from Apple may not be ideal for Nymi in terms of the timing of their release of iPhone S5. However, it is hoped that now people won’t be reluctant to wear their wristband in order to authenticate their identity across a wide range of gadgets and environments.
The CEO and co-founder of Bionym, Karl Martin says“Apple has shown in the past they will open up an API if there’s a compelling case because they’re just going too much against the tide but we’re not depending on them to go that route”.
The company, Bionym, is working hard to expend the applications of its ID authentication wristband. Say for instance if you are wearing a Nymi wristband in a theme park or during a personalized retail experience, it will alter your experience with its integrated benefits.