Microsoft is planning to open up its Windows Hello feature which will enable wearables to unlock a PC running Windows 10. Although the primary function of the Windows Hello software was to support fingerprint readers and face recognition for unlocking your PC, it is now extending its support to devices such as the Microsoft band. In a demonstration, Microsoft showed how the Microsoft band and other security devices such as the Bionym Nymi could be used to unlock a windows PC.
Microsoft’s Windows Hello Companion Device Framework’s new updates allow third parties to create wearables that will support unlocking PCs and more. Since the devices will be a part of Windows Hello, one will even be able to make payments using them in the Windows Store or use them to log into websites in Microsoft Edge. Although Microsoft hasn’t provided any official dates or a schedule for the support, it can be assumed that it might be introduced with the upcoming Anniversary Update to Windows 10. Another addition to these series of events is Microsoft’s attempts to test an update through which Windows 10 can be unlocked using the Authenticator app on mobile devices.