Intel has unveiled a new, futuristic tool for the enterprise crowd: a bracelet that automatically unlocks an employee computer as that employee approaches. It’s a mesh of near-field communication, tokenization and wearable technology that hints at the impending infiltration of high-tech gadgets in the workplace.
Reports in VentureBeat published this week featured Intel’s new product, which was unveiled at the Intel Developer Forum on Tuesday (Aug. 18), but which appears to not yet have a name.
Intel Chief Executive Brian Krzanich offered demonstrations of the bracelet, which requires an employee to authenticate the device and reauthenticate it if it is taken off and put back on again, through the use of a password. But reports noted that the wearable technology negates employees’ need to wait for a computer to boot up and enter a password to access the device.
It’s a new take on tokenization that not only wakes up a computer when the bracelet is near but allows the wearer to quickly authenticate themselves to gain access to that computer.
According to reports, the unveiling of the bracelet coincided with the release of several new software development tools and hardware designs aimed at enterprise users and at boosting Intel’s development of wearable workplace technology. The bracelet follows Intel’s recent partnership with Microsoft that has created the Wake-On-Voice initiative, a technology that lets users activate their computers or other mobile devices using Intel technology by voice activation.
Intel is far from the only technology company to embrace wearable devices in the workplace. Google is reportedly gearing up to unleash the next version of Google Glass specifically for workers, while Samsung has also sung praise for the trend.
Recent research suggests that wearable technology will shift from a consumer trend to a staple in the enterprise by the end of the decade, especially as the number of wearable- and mobile-friendly apps being developed for employees is on the rise.