A team of researchers led by professor John Chuang at UC Berkeley has tested a different way for you to authenticate your login information without a password. It’s as simple as thinking. In fact, all you do is connect to a specialized EEG device and think your password.
The contraption used by Chuang’s team, the NeuroSky, identifies brainwaves with a simple sensor placed against the forehead. The availability of affordable electroencephalogram (EEG) sensors enabled this development, which could change the way we protect our web identities. Researchers found that within a small margin of error, the product was able to distinguish and interpret one user’s brain airwaves from others close by. While it may seem a little Big Brotherly to have a computer be able to read your mind, it can also heighten password security online–something that’s been facing numerous challenges as of late.