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Beyond passwords with biometric technology

Maria Korolov | Feb. 3, 2015
Tired of having hackers guess your password in three tries and break into your most critical systems?

Like its closest alternative, the MindWave headsets from NeuroSky, these collect EEG measurements through easy-to-use dry-contact sensors.

In 2013, researchers at UC Berkeley asked users to perform simple mental tasks, such as mentally singing a song, or focusing on their own breathing. They were able to identify users with an error rate of less than 1 percent.

Unfortunately, the specific headset the researchers used — the NeuroSky MindSet, which also includes regular headphones and a microphone — is no longer available.

And both the MindWave and Insight headsets  are single-purpose. All they do is measure your EEG. Not really practical to get and use just for authentication. But if you already have one at your desk to help you relax after a long day of network monitoring, then go ahead and adapt it to confirm your identity and become the coolest nerd in the office.


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