Google has acquired Israeli start-up SlickLogin, a developer of technology that replaces normal passwords with sound-based login alternatives for website identity verification.
SlickLogin's smart identification technology works by using an exclusively generated, almost-silent sound via computer speakers, which is fed through an app via the user's smartphones.
The technology analyses the sound and delivers a signal back to confirm the identity, facilitating end users with easy log-in to password-protected websites.
As part of the 'acqui-hiring deal', the start-up's staff and knowledge would be integrated into Google.
SlickLogin said in a statement: "Today we're announcing that the SlickLogin team is joining Google, a company that shares our core beliefs that logging in should be easy instead of frustrating, and authentication should be effective without getting in the way."
Founded less than a year ago, the start-up is yet to roll out a commercial product.
The latest move marks Google's second Israeli acquisition upon the purchase of social navigation app, Waze, for about $1.3bn to improve the features of its Google Maps last year.
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