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Pay for Transactions With Your Finger Tip

by Paul Strauss
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Hitachi has taken the wraps off of a new payment technology that lets you make purchases with only your finger.

Hitachi Finger Vein Reader

The new biometric system can measure the unique signature of the blood vessels in your fingers to authenticate transactions. Once you register your “vein signature” with your credit card company, your vascular pattern is the key to unlocking your funds.

Hitachi plans on starting to test their Finger Vein Technology in real world applications this Fall, using 200 of their employees. They’ll be able to purchase items at the company’s corporate shops and cafeteria using the new payment tech.

All in all, the premise of payment authentication systems which don’t rely on simple numbers and key codes seems like a really good idea to me. I’d have to think it would be a lot harder to copy someone’s blood vessels than their credit card number.

[via NikkeiNet via Pink Tentacle]




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Comments (3):

  1. JF says:

    Wow, we’re moving ever closer to a global currency. I wonder how the religious community will react to this.

    “Doom to us all! The mark of the beast! The end times are upon us!”

    Oh well, has to happen some time, right?

    -JF

    • Gaia says:

      I’m not religious JF. Do you figure the government is made up of entirely honest and trustworthy people?

  2. Torpedo says:

    This just seems like an absolutely terrible idea.
    Why?
    Well, you could have a wallet stolen, your bank card used online say, and then you’ve only got a few issues with the bank to get your card replaced and the money back.

    With this new technoligy, you may get your money back in the even of theft as before. But you sure aren’t gonna grow new fingers back.

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