Last November, we announced that we would be launching a wearable payment pilot with MasterCard® and participating Canadian banks. Flash forward eight months, and we are proud to announce the launch of the world’s first biometrically authenticated payment using one’s heartbeat.

Are you a Nymi Developer yet? The past month has been a big one for us at Nymi as we continue to work on improving the developer experience. We are pleased to share a bunch of awesome updates to our developer ecosystem.

Those of you who have been following us for a while know that it has been an exciting ride for Nymi. We released the Nymi Band hardware (the Nymi Band Discovery Kit) to developers last year with a few applications, we announced some partnerships including Mastercard as well as some of the major Canadian banks and made a shift in our immediate priorities to better address identity and access needs in the enterprise space.

The Nymi Band’s first mobile Nymi Companion App is now available to download.

The future of retail is a future of Personalized Experiences. We’ve always believed that the Nymi Band’s true power is not just in its increased security and convenience, but also in the new experiences it can create. The team at Nymi is excited by a future of opt-in, personalized experiences in the Internet of Things (IOT) space, impacting everything from retail to hospitality.

Last week, Ubuntu demoed a Nymi Band enabled Internet of Things (IoT) solution. This demo was powered by Snappy Ubuntu Core and controlled in the backend using ForgeRock’s identity management system. The Nymi Band was used as a biometric identification device. The w allowed an authorized individual to access the identity management backend, and if successful, a welcome message was communicated on  the LED display.

We have a big announcement for our Mac users!

The Nymi Band is the only wearable that uses your heart’s unique signature to confirm identity. The continuity of the band itself then allows for persistent identity, meaning your Nymi Band continues to know who you are until you un-clasp it.

When you first set up your Nymi Band and during subsequent activations, it’s important to capture a high quality biometric signal - in this case, your ECG. The better the quality of the signal, the more reliable your activation experience will be.

The past few months have been a whirlwind of exciting news and milestones for the Nymi team. We’ve shipped over 800 Nymi Band Discovery Kits to our developer community since last December and the response has been great. We’ve also announced a new focus on the enterprise space, committing to a series of pilots using the Nymi Band in the workplace during the upcoming months.