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An Entire Computer On A MicroSD Card

Google did it!

An Entire Computer On A MicroSD Card

Known as Project Vault, it’s an entire secure computer that fits into a microSD card slot. 

Technically, almost a decade ago, Intel debuted Edison, a prototype of an entire computer that fit on a small SD card, the size of a postage stamp.

But Google managed to make their computer even smaller. Known as Project Vault, it’s an entire secure computer that fits into a microSD card slot.

One more of the innovations that come from Google’s ATAP (Advanced Technology and Projects) group, it is technically a computer, but the purpose isn’t for computing. Rather, it was made with privacy and security in mind. Project Vault allows users to communicate securely without having to authenticate with passwords.

It is technically a computer, but the purpose isn’t for computing. Rather, it was made with privacy and security in mind. Project Vault allows users to communicate securely without having to authenticate with passwords.

It has an ARM-based processor, which is similar to most processors found in smartphones and tablets, and it also has NFC and an antenna. It has 4GB of “isolated, sealed” (protected) internal storage, and it even runs a custom Real Time Operating System.

Google demoed Project Vault by showing how two users can chat with their Vault-equipped smartphones, which encrypts the chats and sends it through a protected channel. It means that the chat is actually never sent through the phone, so carriers can’t read your messages.

Google is also hoping to be able to encrypt videos on Vault.

"Authentication sucks." Google vice president of engineering Regina Dugan said. "Passwords suck."

Project Vault shows how new security measures like authentication based on typing patterns and activity usage, instead of traditional passwords that are easy to hack and crack. The ATAP calls this new model a “trust score”, and claims it’s 10x more secure than a password.

You can find out more about the open source development kit for Vault here.

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