Tech Tuesday – Security and Privacy


Tech Tuesday – Security and Privacy

New products to protect and secure your information. A digital wallet that stores and encrypts your credit cards plus other info. And a wearable device that uses your heart as a password.

AUSTIN – In this Tech Tuesday we are talking security. The Consumer Electronics Show wrapped up Friday in Las Vegas and one of the areas we are seeing tremendous growth is privacy and security.

Two products that got a lot of attention deal exactly with that.

Protecting the way you pay is the goal of Wocket. The smart wallet stores everything you have in your wallet: debit cards, credit cards, loyalty card and more, replacing them with one card. It has a card reader to scan the cards then biometrically protects them. You use your voice or a pin code to unlock Wocket. Pick the card, then swipe a single Wocket card. There is no reason to carry individual cards with you.

Wocket works all by itself without an internet connection but also uses Bluetooth to connect with an app. The pre-order price was about $150.

Proving you are who you are to everything you’re connected to is the job of The Nymi Band. It takes the place of all your passwords, key cards, and other identifiers using your heartbeat.

“When you put it on you actually touch it with your other hand to complete the circuit with the body and the device uses the electric activity of your heart to authenticate you,” said Nymi Founder and CEO Karl Martin on a company video.

We each have a unique electrocardiogram which is what Nymi uses. The company’s dream is a world that opens for us as we walk through it.

“Getting into your house, getting into your car, getting into your work, getting into your retailer, getting into your hotel, getting into an airline. It’s going to be about the environmental intagration with the Nymi Band,” described Platform Director on Nymi website.

The Nymi band will also cost about $150.

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For more information: http://www.kvue.com/story/tech/2015/01/13/techtueswocketnymi/21729617/

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