UAlbany professor looking at potential breakthrough in security through sweat.
ALBANY, NY (WRGB) — Dr. Jan Halamek has studied sweat at the University of Albany for the last four years. He initially used his research for forensics. Until he came up with a spin-off, using sweat for security in smartphones. You'd make your own one of a kind "" through a pattern of your sweat levels, or "metabolites."
"Metabolite levels are individualized, everyone has individual level metabolites. If you have a cell phone the cell phone will sense the number of metabolites on your skin," Halamek says.
For it to work, you'd create your own profile through a "monitoring period" where you'd give daily samples of your sweat levels. Each profile varies based on the person's lifestyle. And Halamek says, unlike a fingerprint or passcode, it's completely untraceable, because our metabolic makeup is always changing.
"Those metabolites will change in a couple of weeks. As we are getting older as we change our lifestyle, Technically your body will change the password over time,” Halamek says.
Now he's published a concept paper that proposes this new system for all kinds of electronic devices. His next step would be to find an engineer that can install it.