URU Key is a small, custom FIDO2 Authenticator that uses a fingerprint scanner to authenticate yourself on WebAuthN-enabled websites.
The internet was not designed with security in mind, but new standards are helping to ensure that users can continue to safely and easily interact with it. A standard called FIDO2 WebAuthN allows users to login to their accounts online using their biometrics, mobile devices, or FIDO security keys — and with much higher security over passwords alone. Andrey Ovcharov, a hobbyist electrical engineer, is working on implementing a custom FIDO2 Authenticator with his hardware project URU Key.
Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed a device called Air-gen that generates electricity using water vapor.
Solar power needs concentrated sunlight, wind power requires strong winds, and hydroelectric power requires strong currents, but now there’s a new green technology that only needs the air around it. Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have recently developed a device to create electricity, only using moisture in the air by leveraging naturally occurring proteins.
Using voltage glitching, Kraken Security Labs has found a way to crack the encrypted seeds in Trezor cryptocurrency hardware wallets.
Many individuals who own cryptocurrency have begun to use hardware wallets to enable two-factor authentication for their digital cryptocurrency. However, it’s hard for any piece of technology to truly be secure as one of the largest hardware wallet providers, Trezor, is learning. Kraken Security Labs, a security affiliate of the cryptocurrency exchange Kraken, has recently found a way to crack Trezor Wallets encrypted seeds using voltage glitching..
A wrist-worn heart rate regulator to help manage stress and stay awake.
Life can be a balancing act when it comes to managing stress. There are a lot of external stimuli that we utilize to reset our bodies like drinking a cup of coffee to stay awake late at night or some herbal tea to get to bed. MIT’s Tangible Media Group wants to take a new approach to our external health by using our own internal heartbeat to subliminally hack our well-being with ambienBeat.
NFC Copy Cat is a device to learn and test both magnetic stripe and NFC payment systems. It does so utilizing the tools NFCopy and MagSpoof.
Many of the coffee shops I go to in New York City no longer have magnetic swipe card readers, in favor of more secure near-field communication (NFC) readers — the method of wireless data transfer that’s used for services like Apple Pay. But as payment systems evolve, so do cybersecurity researchers who learn of new ways to reveal the flaws in current technologies. One such researcher, Salvador Mendoza, is exposing vulnerabilities with payment systems using his device NFC Copy Cat.
The SoundShirt helps the deaf feel the music during live performances or within video games.
Watching live music is such a unique auditory experience. You get to see a talented band or an artist on stage express their personality while getting to hear both instrumental sounds and vocals blend around you in real-time. But, for the deaf community, that auditory experience can be unavailable, which can attribute to feelings of social isolation. A fashion tech company, Cute Circuit, intends to promote more inclusion during performances by allowing the deaf to begin feeling the music with SoundShirt.
+POOL Light is an art installation in New York City that informs the public whether river water is safe to swim in.
I’ve been living in New York City for two months now and “clean and swimmable” are not the first adjectives that come to my mind when people mention New York City’s urban rivers. This is because New Yorkers are no strangers to the mounds of black trash bags piled on sidewalks outside brownstone residents, local businesses, and high-rise offices. And I can’t help but wonder what percentage of the over 12,000 tons of waste the city produces daily ends up in the nearby waterways. However, a new public art installation, +POOL Light, intends to change the mind of New Yorkers like myself and raise awareness of the current state of our rivers. … Continue reading this piece on the Hackster blog!
A new super powerful cybersecurity tool is about to hit the market, the USB Armory MK II. Can’t even begin to talk about all the neat features this USB C powered device has, so make sure to check out my new piece on the Hackster blog for more details!
Published another writing piece on Hackster this time focusing on autonomous robots being used to help the agriculture industry. Farmwise, a San Francisco-based startup, is combining artificial intelligence and robotics to create amazing robots to help farmers
Check out why farmers are leveraging these technologies in order to adjust to the changes in the environment on my new Hackster blog piece here!