Intel at its Intel Developer Forum announced work on an “enterprise wearable” that can authenticate a user to a computer, and even wake it up when the user comes near.
Brian Krzanich, chief executive of Intel, showed the bracelet off at the IDF in San Francisco. He said it can make the process of logging in much easier, though it doesn’t do away with the process of typing in a password entirely.
The user has to authenticate the wearable device while wearing it, and reauthenticate if they take the bracelet off, Intel said. The good news is that it rids the user of having to enter passwords and wait for the computer to fire up.
Intel already has a collaboration with Microsoft called Wake-On-Voice, which aims to enable users to wake up PCs and other battery-operated Intel-powered devices by speaking.