Renee Verhoeven created ID Protocol – “a conceptual series of password tools that scrap letters and numbers in favor of personal, mnemonic codes” – at the Royal College of Arts in London: “It’s just a concept for now, but here’s how it works: A user gets to select one of the ID Protocol passes. The card-like device plugs into a computer with a USB stick. On the user’s end, there’s a physical interface that can be reconfigured in nearly infinite ways. Verhoeven created several passes that use different sensory cues, so some are based on color recognition, others on storytelling, and others on pattern-making and muscle memory. Rather than choose a jumbled chain of letters, for instance, users could use a color wheel to create a three-hue pattern, like a more visual combination lock. Or they could arrange a little cast of figurines to tell a story.”

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