Google has acquired SlickLogin for an undisclosed figure. The startup launched only five months ago at TechCrunch Disrupt, and quickly managed to catch the interest of the technology giant.
SlickLogin has not even become available to the public yet, but what it does is let you log into a site without a password by holding your phone up to your computer. It plays inaudible sounds through your speakers that an app on your phone can detect and use to verify you.
— SlickLogin (@SlickLogin) September 6, 2013
It's easy to imagine Google integrating this into Android and the Google account at large, and possibly as a two-step verification method.
Here the developers discuss the app at the launch event.
We started SlickLogin because security measures had become overly complicated and annoying.
Our friends thought we were insane, but we knew we could do better. So we set out to improve security while still making it simple for people to log in.
Today we`re announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way. Google was the first company to offer 2-step verification to everyone, for free - and they're working on some great ideas that will make the internet safer for everyone. We couldn't be more excited to join their efforts.
Here's an interesting tweet from the team from September that might spark some ideas about what's possible.
Imagine what we could do if we had Google glass development kit... @googleglass
— SlickLogin (@SlickLogin) September 10, 2013
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