Has the Internet of Things yielded the Hackerproof Phone? Of course nothing is hackerproof but it’s always interesting to see how companies try to innovate in this space. Blockchain technology continues to grow as the potential solution to all of the World’s computing problems but can it change the way we use our cell phones and store data? The people at Turing Robotics Industries have a phone that may do just that.
“Turing Robotic Industries Corp. (TRI) builds trustworthy mobile technologies. The Turing Phone … [employs] a decentralized authentication methodology using static key exchange. Turing’s anonymous key distribution infrastructure is able to provide unique identifiers and trustworthy connectivity for an infinite number of devices.”
The Turing Phone is a sleek Android-based phone that offers exceptional battery life and other features that may or may not bring attention to yet another entry in the non-Apple-phone category. The enclosure is made from an amorphous material called Liquidmorphium. A “liquid metal alloy tougher than either titanium or steel…”. Liquidmorphium was developed by Prof. Lugee Li, founder of New Technology and Material, Inc., and material scientist Dr. Atakan Peker, co-inventor of the liquidmetal alloy.
“Ultra Secure & Stronger Than Steel”
Although the design of the phone itself is noteworthy, the main features that have drawn attention for the Turing Phone revolve around the security of the phone and its method of storing keys used for encryption. Keys are separated by hardware from the system so it is more difficult to hack. According to the original press release:
Using TRI’s decentralized authentication technology, each Turing Phone is capable of directly verifying the identity of other Turing devices without the need for a third-party Key Center. This end-to-end authentication creates a protected communications network that is entirely insulated from cyber-threats and privacy intrusions. Within this circle of trust, users can exchange sensitive data such as social security numbers or bank wiring instructions and know that the information will reach only the device intended.
TRI’s technology provides a dramatic improvement over the logic of Identity-Based Encryption, because both the master public key and the unique private key are anonymously pre-bundled into the phone.
The Turing Phone aims to further set itself apart from others with it’s upgrade to the native TuringOS. The operating system is where the phone is designed to really distinguish itself in a completely new way from all other competitors.
The TuringOS is intended to offer extended storage capabilities for users of the network using what they call Wind Computing. This is a form of distributed file storage that uses the phones and embedded encryption keys as the means for securing and retrieving the files. Although the TuringOS is not yet released it looks like they may have found a way to use smartphones as nodes to support blockchain-based storage. It will be very interesting to see if the TuringOS can live up to it’s promises and remain secure when this upgrade is released.
In addition, allegedly “there’s a cryptocurrency Turing Coin inside the phone that will be activated one day soon, and may even increase the phone’s value over time.” * This is certainly one of the most interesting phone technologies to come along in a while.
The Turing Phone is available to preorder for $610 – $870 depending on the options you choose. Originally announced in the summer, there now appears to be a potential shipping date in December. Halloween is almost upon us and then it’s time for Christmas shopping!
We will provide more information as we follow the progress of this interesting application of blockchain technology.
Turing Robotic Industries is based in San Francisco, California and Shenzhen, China. Their website is here: www.turingri.com