The Fujitsu PalmSecure is a great idea. You hold your palm above the scanner, it takes a snapshot of your hand and tracks your veins to see the pattern. The vein pattern is unique and if authenticated, it will sign you in.
The idea is that it wil replace fingerprint scanners, as people don’t like to touch things, and retina scanners, as people don’t like things scanning their eyes.
The scanner integrated in the PalmSecure mouse captures the palm’s vein pattern image while radiating it with near infrared rays. The process allows this image to appear as a black pattern, which is then compared against a pre-registered pattern to authenticate the person.
The first question I had was: Can I cut someone’s hand off and use it to login? Similar to what Tom Cruise did in Minority Report with the eye.
And to my surprise the answer was no, because the pattern is accurate only when the blood is circulating. No circulation no pattern.
Fujitu are currently targeting enterprises with this solution but hope to target a wider audience with a a consumer product in the near future. I was told that the product was big in Japan and I can see a market for it in many sectors but it seems to be taking a long time to get going as CW reported on this almost 10 years ago.
Watch this space.