Can the Human Body Become a Reliable Layer of Security Between Connected Devices?

Just when it seemed like nothing can save physical from being consumed or at least massively transformed by digital, bright minds have drawn attention to an interesting idea – using a human body as a layer of security for data transmission. At the beginning of October, Mehrdad Hessar, Vikram Iyer and Shyamnath Gollakota from the University of Washington, published a paper called ‘Enabling On-Body Transmissions With Commodity Devices,’ where authors explored an alternative to wireless data transmission that could make medical devices and wearables more secure.

Sensors on devices can be used to generate wireless data transmissions that are confined to the human body

For the first time, the researchers were able to demonstrate that commodity devices can be used to generate wireless ...

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