From mobile devices to wearable gear, the increasingly ergonomic, small, lightweight, body conscious, attachable, controllable and comfortable devices we use are becoming physical extensions of ourselves. From phone to Fitbit, as we become more dependent on these devices, our comfort level with the capture and use of our intimate personal data increases. However, will we become comfortable using our biometric and genomic data to digitally unlock our everyday lives -- from car to communications, home security to banking, healthcare to services? We are moving beyond wearables, to an age where products like Biyo, which connects physical payment to a scan of the unique veins in the human palm, are becoming present market realities. John C. Havens (Author), Dr. Leslie Saxon (USC Center for Body Computing) and Heather Schlegel (Futurist) discussed the implications of using personal biometric data as the virtual keys that unlock our very real lives, and how we feel about using such sensitive, personal data as a means of self-identification during a standing-room only panel session at SXSW 2015.
Check out this discussion about wearable technology from IEEE @ SXSW 2015, featuring John C. Havens (Author), Dr. Leslie Saxon (USC Center for Body Computing) and Heather Schlegel (Futurist).