Future of cyberspace depends on heart?

By Balamurugan Selvaraj Published on Oct 06, 2017 03:45 PM IST

Would you believe it if I say the future of cyberspace will depend on a blood pumping organ’s motion? You might think that it is a combination of technology with a living matter or that it is the first humanoid?

But the reality is, it is your heart itself. Founded by an assistant professor at the University of Buffalo, the State University of New York, the method uses an individual heart’s motion and shape as login credential to access devices.

Wenyao Xu, the founder, had been doing this research for the past three years and has developed a prototype recently. News Today caught him and threw a few questions upon his research.

Excerpts in short:

Q) Tell us about your field of expertise.

A) I am an assistant professor in the University of Buffalo and I specialise on human sensing and biometrics.

Q) Talk us through your research and your team.

A) My team and I are working on next generation biometrics beyond face, iris and fingerprint recognition. For example, vein, heart and brain biometrics.

Q) How did the idea of using a person’s heartbeat as a login credential occur?

A) Each person has a unique heart. If we can get the 3D shape and motion patterns of a person’s heart, it is possible to discover new biometrics.

Q) What is your opinion about the prevalent security systems that we use, including OTP method, fingerprint, facial recognition and retina movements as login credentials?

A) They are not as secure as heart biometric. Our invention is not visible to the naked eye and it cannot be stolen.

Q) Has the research been successfully completed? What are difficulties that you faced while designing the plan?

A) Making the heart scan sensor smaller and extracting robust identity features were tough.

Q) How does it work with heart patients or people with some sort of heart problems?

A) It cannot be applied (to them).

Q) Are there anyradiation related problems with your device?

A) No. Radiation is less than one per cent of what a smartphone produces. So, no harm will be done to humans.

Q) Are there any possibilities for duplicating the frequency?

A) (The) identification (process) is based on both heart shape and motion pattern. (It is) impossible to mimic the shape features (of a living heart).

Q) What is your idea about using pacemakers for creating the same frequency levels of a person to access his system?

A) Heart motion is possible to forge but shape is hard.

Q) What are your plans upon developing the device? When will the devices across the world experience the newly developed system?

A) Famous smartphone companies have contacted us for commercialisation. We are working on that.