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Swedish students are paying for things with their paws using Quixter, a palm scanner that reads the unique pattern of blood vessels in your hand.
To start greasing palms, you sign up at a shop or venue with a Quixter reader. You hand over your social security number and phone number, then scan your palm three times. A text message with an activation link arrives so you can fill in more details and complete registration. Your purchases accumulate on an invoice, and then twice a month the money you've spent goes out of your account by direct debit.
The potential of biometrics for payment authentication has been watched more closely since Apple included a fingerprint reader on the iPhone 5S. As a payments tool however, it's not that useful yet, since it can only be used to approve purchases made from iTunes and Apple's App Store.
According to the company's founder, completing a transaction with Quixter takes five seconds and is faster than cash and cards. He came up with the idea while waiting in a queue at a supermarket and was reminded that paying can be a complex process.
How Biometrics Works
As with irises and fingerprints, a person's veins are completely unique. Twins don't have identical veins, and a person's veins differ between their left and right sides. Many veins are not visible through the skin, making them extremely difficult to counterfeit or tamper with. Their shape also changes very little as a person ages.
originally posted by: sarra1833
This gives me a weird feel for some reason. Not a good weird either.
Nothing to do with any Christian revelations stuff either.
But this just seems...... too good to be true. I'll stick with my debit card and cash, thanks.