The George Orwellian Society?
Well, it has been a while since I have put any postings up, part in due to the Labor Day, and the other reason being I have been extremely busy with my writing projects. But anyways, life is good.
As I was perusing the Internet for something to write about, I came across something which touches very much home to me.
That is my recent and ongoing cardiac experiences.
Apparently, a vendor known as “Bionym” has just launched a new product in which the EKG (in other words, your heartbeart as recorded by a graphing machine-this thing actually saved my life, because when I first went to the hospital, the ER doctor did an EKG on me. Based on the unique wave pattern, the attending cardiologist immediately determined that my left artery was totally blocked).
Here are some details into their new way of supposedly identifying specific individuals: “Toronto-based Bionym has just launched the Nymi, a new wearable biometric authentication device that uses an embedded electrocardiogram sensor for identification . . . The wearable bracelet recognizes unique ECG patterns and interfaces directly with mobile devices as a replacement for passwords and PIN numbers. Worn on the wrist, the Nymi keeps users authenticated until it’s removed. In addition, says the company, the Nymi supports simple, task-specific gesture commands using both motion sensors and proximity detection.” (SOURCE: http://www.biometricupdate.com/201309/bionym-launches-wearable-biometric-authentication-device).”
The basic premise of this Biometrics solution is confirm the identity of the individual. While some people may argue the validity if a heartbeat can be considered a true Biometric because of uniqueness, I can vouch for sure that heartbeats, at least seen on an EKG, are unique for each and every person.
This is based on conversations with experts such as my heart surgeon, cardiologist, the cardiac nurses, and even my own experiences in the ICU.
For instance, every day my heart beat was recorded from a EKG machine, and even then, my heart beat looked a little bit different each and every time.
There are a lot of factors here, especially the physiological component of one’s heart, and the variables from the external environment such as one’s level of anxiety, depression, happiness, etc.
This solution can be worn on the wrist as a band, and keeps confirming the identity of the individual, apparently until it is removed.
Also, a software development kit (SDK) will be made available to developers, so that specific applications can be designed per the exacting needs of each and every customer.
It appears that this solution is also very affordable, with a retail price at $79. So, now you may be puzzled why I labeled the top title the way I did.
Well, this solution comes straight from Canada.
It is only in countries like Canada, where the society is open to trying new things and are liberal enough, that such innovative products like this can be launched.
Try launching it here in the United States.
We will claim it is a sheer invasion of privacy rights, and more than likely, the market penetration rate will not be as high.
We liken to have wearing it as something from the George Orwell novel of 1984.
Thus the title.
Shame on us Americans. We can learn a lot from our neighbors.