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Ready to Use Your Heartbeat for Authentication? NASA to Give Access Soon

Going a step forward from the wearable technologies, the European space agency NASA is ready to pivot the biometric system. In this article at Nextgov, Brandi Vincent elaborates on the revolutionary invention unveiled by the space agency recently.

NASA’s New Innovation

Though the space agency is known for producing cutting-edge solutions for space exploration, organizations can get commercially relevant products. Under the Technology Transfer Program, the space organization turns innovative ideas into solutions.

The Product Range

Not many technology geeks are aware of NASA’s technology applications. They have health, medicine, and biotechnology products, to name a few. Let us learn about a few of them:


After using fingerprints, irises, voice, and face recognition, the NASA researchers are using rhythms of your heart as a secure password. The HeartbeatID solicitation believes the function of cardiac muscles can replace the password of a laptop or even a bank account.

Still at a nascent stage, the HeartbeatID offers a range of applications to secure confidential data. It can use the electrical actions of a human’s heart as a biometric distinguisher.

NASA mentions it as a patent transfer only without any software license. So, the organizations interested in licensing it for commercial purposes, they must apply online now to the space agency for approval.


Also known as the Portable Unit for Metabolic Analysis, PUMA is a wearable device built at NASA’s Glenn Research Center. The battery-powered device can draw real-time measurements of a person’s metabolic rate like oxygen intake, heart rate, and body temperature.

The tool can detect oxygen deficiencies and pulse drop in the human body. Not limited to astronaut’s use, the product is feasible for miners, firefighters, pilots, climbers, and even athletes.

Subcutaneous Structure Imager

It is a structure imager that can locate veins and other vascular structures in a human body. The device works under the skin and useful for military battlefields, remote areas medical emergencies.

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