Last week at the D11 Conference, Regina Dugan, head of Google-owned Motorola’s research division, introduced an ingestible vitamin prototype that transforms your entire body into an authentication passcode. Made by Proteus Digital Health, the FDA-approved pill contains a small chip that can be switched on and off by your stomach acid. Here’s what happens next, once swallowed the pill creates an individual 18-bit signal that would be detectable by external devices like your phone, computer, and even car. The pill also can be taken daily for up to a month.
While the idea of taking pills as verification seems like a major breakthrough, many people might not be interested in taking a tablet that transmits signals from inside their stomachs to log-in into their devices. Time will tell but this recently unveiled technology has the potential to make traditional usernames and passwords obsolete and according to Dugan, the rationale behind these technologies is the annoyance caused by traditional methods. “Authentication is irritating,” Dugan said. “After 40 years of advances in computation, we’re still authenticating basically the same way we did years ago.”