A biometric wallet protects credit cards and personal data

aprile 22, 2010 Technology No Commenti


If you need to take your wallet with you at all times, you have to make sure that it is fully protected against unauthorized access or theft, especially if contains not only cash, but credit cards or sensitive data which might be used to give us a bigger trouble than the loss of a few hundred dollar bills, such as for example identity theft and the like.

To protect ourselves against this kind of unfortunate events, without leaving behind the good old wallet and its contents, now we can use Tungsten W, the world first biometric wallet. As you can easily guess by the name, it is made up of a metallic shell in highly resistant tungsten; the wallet can be opened through a small biometric scanner, which will recognize your fingerprint, and only at this point will open it granting access to your cards, documents and cash.

To start using it, you will need to connect it to a computer to configure it by storing the fingerprint which, from that point on, will work as an access key. Along with this, Tungsten W is also equipped with Bluetooth connectivity, to pair it to a mobile device like a phone, which will inform you through an alert as soon as you exceed a certain distance from your wallet, for example if someone is trying to steal it.

The biometric wallet is available in a wide range of versions, not only in tungsten but also in carbon fiber or Kevlar, and in 5 different colors, at a price that ranges from a minimum of approximately 400 dollars to 600 dollars for the Kevlar and carbon fiber version. With this price tag, its content must be really precious to justify such an investment for a wallet…

How to tell an enemy by the eyes

aprile 22, 2010 Technology No Commenti


A research project carried out by Southern Methodist University in Dallas, with funding from the US Dept. of Defense, is working on a new technology for photo and video miniature cameras, which thanks to its high resolution can identify enemies even inside a pitch black cave; this technology, named Panoptes, is also used in the development of an iris scanning system, used to identify people and which can help towards an improvement of security procedures in sensitive places such as airports, military installations etc.

The name Panoptes comes from the mythological giant with 100 eyes, and suits well a technology capable of producing images of extreme clarity thanks to an array of micro electromechanical mirrors, integrated with low-resolution paraboloid-shaped sub-imagers, which are used to zoom on a specific area of interest.

The target of this research project is to produce miniature lenses which can be mounted in tens or hundreds on a soldier’s helmet, connected among them and in turn to a computer that processes the images and manages the overlapping, providing a result of extreme clarity without the weight of a bigger lens.

Furthermore, always by using the Panoptes technology, researchers are working on a system called Smart Iris, capable of scanning someone’s iris, without them having to waste time stopping and staring into a scanner. This system could provide a valuable help to protect potential terrorist targets such as for example an airport: just place it into a doorway or metal detector, and the passenger’s eye will be quickly analyzed, without wasting time and without raising any suspicion, speeding up filtering operations and granting access only to authorized personnel.


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