Unlock your cellphone by holding it to your ear? Yes, says Bellingham company | Bellingham Herald

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By Dave Gallagher | The Bellingham Herald – April 27, 2014

BELLINGHAM – For those who are having a tough time remember all those account passwords, a Bellingham company has come up with a solution that is as simple as bringing the smartphone up to your ear.

Michael and Katie Boczek operate Descartes Biometrics, a local high-tech firm that develops computer software to allow users to unlock their personal information with their own unique physical identity.

The ear, it turns out, is just as unique as a fingerprint, said Michael Boczek, so earlier this year the company released a program called Ergo that unlocks the smartphone with the mere motion of putting the phone up to the ear. He believes the concept eventually will be used in a variety of ways, including accessing bank accounts and other websites on the smartphone.

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