published: 17 Apr 2004 | tags:

Also from Crypto-Gram: BeepCard

BeepCard is a technology company. They sell a sound authenticator for credit cards. The demo looks like a credit card -- an actual credit card that passes all the credit card specs for bendability and reliability and everything -- and contains a speaker and a sound chip. When you press a certain part of the card -- the "button" -- it spits out an audible 128-bit random string.


Why do I like this? It's a physical authentication system that doesn't require any special reader hardware. You can use it on a random computer at an Internet cafe. You can use it on a telephone. I can think of all sorts of really easy, really cool applications. If the price is cheap enough, BeepCard has a winner here.