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Human gait may soon replace passwords and PINs



The number of companies embracing biometrics for authentication is increasing; after introducing “selfie pay” last year, Mastercard is now testing fingerprint-authorized payments in South Africa, smartphones ask for fingerprints to be unlocked and speech recognition can control your Windows PC.

Kinetic Energy Harvesting is the newest kid on the block, with technology developed by Data61 lab, part of the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization.

Because passwords can be guessed and have often proven weak and inefficient, the group of researchers aims to turn the human gait into a unique authentication method through wearable sensors, such as accelerometers, and detect spoofing attacks.

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