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Cryptocurrencies

A wearable cryptocurrency wallet unlocked with heartbeat now on the market

Thursday 14 June 2018 | 12:14 PM CET

The wearable cryptocurrency wallet Trove unlocked with heartbeat (ECG) biometrics has been developed by Benjamin Hubert of Ireland-based design agency Layer.

Trove consists of a device Layer calls a “Coin,” which can be worn as a bracelet, pendant, or brooch, along with a home-storage system called Safe and an app. Safe is designed to look like a wall tile, and like the app is unlocked by Bluetooth from the Trove Coin once the user is authenticated. The Safe remains offline as cold storage until funds are transferred to maintain security, while the app provides prices for various cryptocurrencies, enables buying and selling, and shows spending history.

Biometric authentication, which is activated by touching a contact zone on the circular 3mm by 20mm Coin, prevents the cryptocurrency wallet from being hacked, and avoids the risk of currency becoming inaccessible when a credential is lost or forgotten.

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