Biometrics and USB have collided in a small, simple device that may be the key to keeping personal information private.
The small, round storage device, called the OdyOne, features a fingerprint scanner that will allow users to safely store data — everything from passwords to Internet browsing history — and carry it on them at all times. It’s currently in the midst of a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter set to close next month.
“Over the last several years we are generating more and more personal virtual data. Documents like photos, bank statements, salary slips or Internet accounts that need passwords and IDs. These data can be lost or stolen because we don’t manage them correctly,” the campaign page explains. “They are on different devices, like our home computer, laptop or smartphone. We need to keep them in one place, preferably something mobile and secure, and we want to control them completely in a simple way.That’s why we created OdyOne.”
The campaign has raised roughly US $3,100 of its US $42,000 goal. The campaign will end Dec. 23.
The biometric USB key works with Windows, Macintosh and Linux Distribution systems and has a 30 GB encrypted storage space. The device will also be able to be updated to keep up with advancing Internet technology.
“You just need to plug OdyOne into your computer using an USB port. After launching the Odyone application, you will be asked to scan your finger to be recognized. Your private directory will then pop up automatically, and your personal web browser will start. While surfing on the Internet, your web browser will fill the login user/password information when required. If not memorized, OdyOne will ask your permission to save this information after entering it,” the site explains.