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From their website: "In May 2016, an initial BACtrack Skyn prototype was awarded the grand prize and $200,000 in the Wearable Alcohol Biosensor Challenge. The challenge was issued by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institute of Health. The goal of the competition was to find an accurate, non-invasive and continuous way to measure a user’s alcohol level in order to aid researchers. Our latest two designs are improved and smaller versions of our initial prototype."
Pretty good vote of confidence -- granted, this is will be a miniaturized version of the device that won.
First, until Department of Homeland Security updates REAL ID regulations (neither a simple nor fast process), this really doesn’t matter.
US citizens cannot board a plane unless they show REAL ID-compliant identification, and the current statues say nothing about digital identification.
Second, once DHS does its thing, each State will need to wire up their DMVs (et al) to do adopt the standard. This, too, will not be a fast process.
Nationwide, interoperable digital ID is at least a half decade away. Welcome to bureaucracy.
Good article — it’s definitely going to be a decade+ until you can reliably leave your plastic ID at home.
I understand deliberate delay so as not to jump the gun on new tech, but how can a company with such vast resources suck so much at delivering on its own, publicly-announced promises?
If you're not ready, don't announce.
If you're not sure if you're ready, don't announce.
It's not "high standards" or "quality control" when you think something is ready for primetime and then have to back pedal; it's proof that there's a disconnect between at least two of your departments.
ihatescreennames said:I could very well be wrong, though. (I know I’m simplifying it a little by cutting out some steps required by the phone holder/ID presenter)
All I know for certain is that any sort of ApplePay-like experience requires the “receiving” device to be emitting an NFC challenge, which I’ve yet to see an iPhone do — this would be like iPhone to iPhone tap ApplePay, which would be awesome … but isn’t a thing (yet?).