Toronto-based Bionym, founded in 2011, offers the Nymi to solve identity problems associated with digital devices. Here’s an excerpt from the factsheet for the Nymi:
We’ve noticed the increase of important and sensitive information online, now accessible through smartphones. We’ve been harassed by the endless stream of prompts, passwords, PINs and locks. We’ve lost our identities to the endless stream of numbers and logins. Well, we’ve found a better solution that both heightens personal security and allows a user to take back their identity. We’ve solved it with a heartbeat.
The Nymi uses your unique electrocardiogram (ECG) to authenticate your identity through an embedded sensor. It then uses Bluetooth Low Energy to communicate your identity to all of your devices, bypassing any verification obstacles. It’s a personalized solution that allows you to access the technology you love on your terms.
The Nymi also has motion sensing and proximity detection that allows users to perform remote, gesture-specific commands, creating a dynamic and interactive environment. A simple twist of the wrist can unlock your car door.