Biometrics measure features or characteristics that are unique to each person. Because no one else shares exactly the same features, biometrics can be used as a form of security that accurately identifies a person. The University of Toronto’s Dimitrios Hatzinakos and Nymi partnered to leverage biometrics to create a wristband called the Nymi Band that measures the unique electrical signals created by its wearer’s heart.
This means the wristband collects your biometric password — allowing you to log onto a computer or into you personal bank account without having to remember a complicated password. It also means that if someone else tries to use your wristband, it knows it’s not you and it won’t sign them in. Syncing your heartbeat to your digital devices is a more unique and secure password than your fingerprint.