A recent Apple patent yields some details on their much rumored tablet computer and good news: it came to get down. That’s right, the key revelation of the patent (other than confirming existence of the tablet project) is that the tablet is motion sensitive. Many of the proposed uses for this technology are what you’d expect: turning pages of a document, moving around in a game, scrolling, determining that the device is in motion, etc. Buried at the bottom of the list, though, is an idea that’s more curious: password authentication. Seriously.
Just how might this final bit work? How does one make a motion that is both complex enough to constitute a password yet simple enough to be reasonably repeatable? Could the answer be dance? Yep, it’s starting to sound like the days of mapping Salsa’s sultry hip swiveling or the latest boyband moves into the world of hard credentials may almost be here. Imagine passwords that mine the intricacies of line dancing from the boot scoot to the tush push. “But boss, I can’t stop, I have to get the high score — it’s my password!” Now that’s killing two birds.