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Motorola & Vitamin Authentication?

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Cory Streater #1

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Posted May 29 '13 @ 9:24 PM

I've been listening to Walt Mossberg's interview with Regina Dugan at Motorola.

She singled out authentication as an area that Motorola has an opportunity to innovate. I was hoping she'd cite a more riveting example, but nonetheless, she did capture my attention when she started describing two different approaches they are looking at.

  • Authentication is a PITA.
  • We're looking at Electronic tattoos made by MC10
  • Contains an antenna and censors.
  • Is an advanced tattoo that can be used for advanced authentication.
  • 10-20 year olds don't want to wear watches on their wrists, but you can be sure they'll want to wear one to piss of their parents.

She was actually wearing one of these things, and it looked like this:


Then she started talking about something she referred to as vitamin authentication:

  • I take a vitamin every morning. What if I could take a vitamin authentication? (she then pulls out a pill with a small chip inside of it)
  • When you swallow the pill, the acids in your stomach serve as the electrolyte. It then powers up and the switch goes on and off.
  • It then creates an 18-bit ECG like signal in your body and your entire body becomes an authentication token.
  • That becomes my first super power. My arms are like wires, and my hands are like alligator clips.
  • Essentially your entire body becomes your authentication token.
  • It's been FDA cleared and developed for medical apps.
  • You could take 30 a day for the rest of your life.

There's no way in hell I would swallow one of those pills. What do you guys think?
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j_hookz #2

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Posted May 30 '13 @ 7:20 AM

That is crazy but sounds cool. I'm not going first lol :)

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Posted May 30 '13 @ 6:38 PM

I really don't want a tat on my body to id me to a phone.  What happens if I change phones.  PIlls?  How big is it?  NO I don't think so, but something like a fingerprint, or eye  scan and I am in.  Prefer the eye scan.  


Just let me  give you a look  and I am in.  

Cory Streater #4

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Posted Jul 16 '13 @ 8:31 PM

I think I may have found the receiver for this thing on the side of her nose: