VeriTouch iVue: Fun, Fashionable Media Player With Military-Grade Encryption
For too long, consumer electronics makers like Apple have been wasting our time with media player features like lots of memory, standard music formats, and excellent audio quality. Finally, someone has announced the features that all of us consumers have been looking for in a digital media player - military-grade encryption and biometric security.
The iVue media player, developed by VeriTouch and Thinking Materials, allows users to download digital content wirelessly. To make sure that only one person can use the content, the content is encrypted with the user's fingerprint. Every time the content is played, the user must provide their fingerprint for analysis. The player was demonstrated to the RIAA and MPAA this week.
VeriTouch CEO Gary E. Brant stated “We are very pleased for the support of our world class partner in this project, Thinking Materials AB. The Personal Media Player is the result of more than four years of research to innovate a robust security platform for wireless distribution of film, music, and gaming entertainment. A true breakthrough, the system is the first delivery of advanced biometric and military-grade encryption technologies in a consumer product."
It looks like music lovers will have another set of standards to argue over. Gone are the debates over MP3 and WAV file formats. Does your digital media player use plain old DES (Data Encryption Standard)? Or are you up to AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) for your music and videos?
You might expect that a product that demands rigorous fingerprint-based biometric identification from users, and then utilizes that information to encrypt content to military standards might be well, kind of bulky and geeky. Not so, according to Christian Bartholdsson, CEO of Thinking Materials:
"These days, the key to a successful product is the right combination of looks and function. With iVue, I believe we have created a great platform for how the next generation of media players will work, mixed with a fashion sense that is really top of the line."
Move over, iPod - that's an order!
Science fiction fans of course remember the seashell radios from Ray Bradbury's 1956 novel Fahrenheit 451, which also delivered wireless content to users.
Read more at RIAA wants your fingerprints and VeriTouch; story from Slashdot.
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