Passage is looking to change how passwords function by enabling users to use images to verify the identity of its users. Developed by Peekabu, an Edinburgh-based team, the app wants rid the world of the need to memorise lengthy passwords.
Users are able to register an image of whatever they see fit such as an identity card or driver’s license. Holding up the registered image when prompted will then grant access to any accounts associated with it. The creation of Peekabu spanned 24 hours during the Disrupt London hackathon; where Alexander Cole, CEO of Peekabu, stated that the company has always had its eyes set on 3D image recognition. Passage diverts from this but also serves as a test to the company’s technical capabilities.
The entire process is relatively simple, upon registering an email, the user is prompted to hold up an image to complete the registration. Peekabu currently has Passage running on the web, as well as on Android. iOS support will follow soon, although Cole did not specify how long it would take. The user is not only limited to one image however; multiple images can be registered to the same account. This acts as a fail-safe in the event that the original picture cannot be accessed.
For now, the app is mostly still a hack; although the team will be posting an alpha build within the next week and a half.