Fingerprints are often used as a form of biometric security, but this academic institution is developing authentication technology that uses finger vibrations as a new low-cost alternative. Researchers from Rutger University are working on a system called VibWrite, which uses the individual's finger bone vibrations to grant access.
Biometric methods are often considered the most secure, but the high cost of equipment is often a drawback. Proved 95% accurate, the VibWrite uses an affordable vibration motor and sensor that can be installed "almost anywhere." The theft-resistant authentication technology allows users to choose between a gesture, number or pattern. The team is focusing on making the hardware more weather-resistant and improving authentication algorithms.
Biometric identification methods are being increasingly incorporated by banks. The VibWrite could provide personal banking with an inexpensive option.