How many times have we set up a password for our device and it was easy enough for our friends to guess it and start fiddling with our computer without our leave. Or worse, it was too complicated and we forgot it, thus ending up with a locked device. Passwords can be tricky on the best of days. As an alternative to get rid of them, a company called Eyelock developed a device called Myris. This $280 gadget that is soon to be released can be used for both home and word PCs.
Myris lets you glance in a camera in order to log in to websites and desktop software or to unlock your computer. It uses the unique pattern of irises in order to verify your identity. The way your irises look is stored in encrypted form in secure hardware inside the device. Myris can store credentials for up to five people.
In the beginning the device will only be found in retail stores. However, in time, thanks to a contract with a Taiwanese company that manufactures PCs for HP, Acer, and other major brands it will also be built in future laptops. Anthony Antolino, the person who leads business development at EyeLock stated that specific brands that plan to incorporate the technology will be announced by the end of this year.
Myris is a squat, palm-sized cylinder that connects to computers via a USB cable. On its underside, the device has a small mirror in the center with a small camera lens placed next to it. Anytime you need to login, you hold the device in your hand and make sure both eyes are visible in the mirror. A few seconds later, a green light will let you know that you have been recognized. The software will then log you in and you will not have no press any key. This can be done for websites, for desktop applications, or to log in to your user account on a computer.
What do you think of Myris? Would you use it in order to get rid of passwords?