Researchers develop new tech that uses your skull as a biometric password

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Apr 25, 2016, 11:15 AM EDT

We already have fingerprint technology to help keep our phones and devices locked up, but what if you could literally use your head as a password?

Dubbed SkullConduct, this new biometric technology uses your skull's ability to conduct a unique sound to authenticate your identity. According to New Scientist, the device identifies the way sound waves change as they pass through your skull. Apparently they’re all a little different. It’s an interesting, and somewhat natural, evolution of the biometric tech that already uses things like your walking style and body shape to identify you.

The tech was developed by a team of researchers at the University of Stuttgart, the University of Saarland and the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Germany. The beta version works with 97 percent accuracy (on a modified Google Glass headset), and with VR tech/headsets on the cusp of becoming a major force in the way we interact with technology, it could be the new fingerprint ID system. Basically, it could be tailored to automatically unlock and work on your noggin.

Though this tech certainly has some potential, the team still needs to hone the process so it can work in real-world scenarios with background technology. But give it a few years and this could be something to watch.

(Via New Scientist)