In future there might be a technology which will spare computer users from remembering passwords. Instead of typing, a user would just need to think about their passwords for them to work. The thoughts would be transferred with the help of a wireless headset device, which is being developed by researchers.


The passwords these days include punctuations, number substitutes and upper case variations which can be difficult to remember. Writing these passwords down would not be beneficial and they would be at a risk of theft. In order to combat this, researchers at the University of California’s Berkeley School of Information have developed a device which explores the feasibility of a brainwave-based computer authentication service, as a substitute for passwords.

These researchers have created a technology which measures brain waves with bio-sensor technology, which are then able to replace passwords with pass-thoughts for computer authentication. The device is a headset costing $100, which connects to a computer through Bluetooth. The device sensors rests against a user’s forehead, while providing electroencephalogram.

Participants in the series of tests have completed different mental tasks with the device, which include imaging with a finger while moving up and down and choosing a personalized secret.