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iFingerLock Biometric Padlock Doesn’t Need Keys Or Combination


If nothing else, the Touch ID sensor on the newer iPhones is getting people used to the idea of using their fingerprints to unlock things. The trend carries over to other items, like this iFingerLock Biometric padlock. It can store up to 10 fingerprints, unlocking itself in seconds as soon as one is used. There’s no need for a computer, all the programming is done on-device. Should the 2 AAA batteries run out of power, it still stores the prints in its internal memory, while an alarm will ring when power is low to save you the hassle of having to run to the store when you’re at the gym or something. It’s a simple way to avoid having to carry a key around, or worse still, remembering a combination. It’s $94.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ TheGreenHead ]

Biometric Carbon Fiber Wallet Opens Just For You

By David Ponce

Now this is a badass wallet right here. Made out of tough carbon fiber, it features a fingerprint sensor so that only you can open it. Also, it can be linked via Bluetooth to your phone so that if ever the two are separated by more than 5 meters, it will ring an alarm. This makes it much harder to lose both the wallet and the phone. “The interior features a luxurious leather credit card holder and a strong stainless steel money clip.”

Of course, carbon fiber biometric Bluetooth enabled wallets can’t be cheap. This one certainly isn’t, at $825. So it turns out that you’ll have a great looking wallet; it’ll just be empty.

[ Product Page ] VIA [ Reddit ]

Dunhill Biometric Wallet – Probably A Little Overkill

Dunhill Biometric Wallet (Images courtesy Dunhill)
By Andrew Liszewski

If you live in a busy urban area and spend your time engulfed in crowds of people on the street, or bumping into the masses on the subway, it’s probably not a terrible idea to be a little extra cautious with your wallet. You never know when your pockets might get picked. But there’s cautious, and then there’s downright paranoid, which I think can be said of anyone who drops $825 on this biometrically protected wallet from Dunhill.

The wallet can only be opened by swiping your fingerprint, so while would-be thieves might be able to get their hands on it, they won’t be able to open it. And attempts to crack it open will be mostly thwarted by its sleek carbon fiber outer shell. I mean it’s not completely indestructible, but it should be frustrating enough to deter most people. The Biometric Wallet can even let you know if it’s been taken or forgotten thanks to a Bluetooth link to your phone which sounds an alarm if the two are more than 5 meters apart. On the inside you’ll find a real leather finish with a stainless steel money clip, but I’d expect nothing less when they’re asking almost $1,000 for it.

[ Dunhill Biometric Wallet ] VIA [ Uncrate ]

Heys Crown Edition Carry-On Luggage With Biometric Security Lock

Heys Crown Edition Carry-On Luggage With Biometric Locks (Images courtesy Heys)
By Andrew Liszewski

There’s no point in locking checked luggage when flying. If customs or security wants to take a look in your bag, they’re just going to circumvent anything you do. But carry-ons? Well that’s a different story. A little added security never hurts, and with this ‘Crown Edition’ carry-on luggage from Heys, you’ll never have to worry about keeping track of those tiny keys either.

A built-in rechargeable biometric fingerprint reader ensures that only you, or 7 other people of your choosing, have access to your precious toiletries and change of underwear. And the shell is made from “nearly indestructible, 100% German polycarbonate” which is important to note because Germany is well-known for their polycarbonate. (Actually I have no idea if that’s true.) There’s a bunch of other high-end features outlined on the Heys’ website which don’t sound as fun as biometrics or German plastic, but how else are you going to convince people to spend $2,200 on a carry-on?

[ Heys Crown Edition Carry-On Luggage With Biometric Locks ] VIA [ bookofjoe ]

Biometric Vehicle Ignition

Biometric Vehicle Ignition (Image courtesy SkyMall)
By Andrew Liszewski

Not surprisingly the SkyMall website doesn’t go into a lot of details about this after market biometric ignition system. Yes, we understand that all you need is a fingerprint in order to be able to start your car, but with a $699.95 price tag, not including installation which is going to require cutting a hole in your dashboard, I’d like a few more specifics. Like how many users does the reader support? How is it configured? Is there some external display that also has to be mounted somewhere on your dash? What happens if I just lost all of my fingerprints in an industrial acid accident? Is there a secret override or am I going to have to take a cab home from work?

It’s probably one of those things you’d want to buy and have installed at your dealership, instead of ordering it as an impulse buy while waiting for your flight to take off from O’Hare.

[ Biometric Vehicle Ignition ] VIA [ Random Good Stuff ]

Biometric OLED Flash Drive

biometricusbBy Evan Ackerman

This concept from Ennova Direct is a USB flash drive with all kinds of fanciness goin’ on. On top of the drive is an OLED screen that incorporates a biometric fingerprint scanner to keep all of your stuff secure. The screen can also be used as an “interactive interface that allows the user to select specific files and initiate specific functions.”

Although it’s just a concept at the moment, Ennova seems to actually get around to producing what they file patents for. They’ve produced a flash drive with a retractable USB interface as well as a flash drive with integrated Bluetooth, so it’s at least reasonably likely that we’ll see this sometime in Q1 of 2010.

[ Press Release ] VIA [ OLED-Display ]

Biometric Scanner Knows If Your Finger Is Alive

Futronic FS88

By Luke Anderson

So we’ve all seen those cheesy action flicks where someone needs access to a restricted area and is forced to chop off the finger of some corporate executive to do it. After all, a fingerprint reader can’t know if the finger is alive, can it? This one from Futronic can.

While they don’t go into great detail about how the technology works, they assure us that their FS88 fingerprint scanner will reject a digit that’s not attached to a living person. It also rejects popular fakes made from Play-Doh, rubber and other materials. I can’t say that I have anything so sensitive that someone would actually try cutting off my finger to get to, but it’s still pretty cool to think that it wouldn’t work. No word on pricing or availability.

[ Futronic ] VIA [ Gizmodo ]

Protect Your Guns And Valuables In a Biometric Safe

Biometric Safe

By Luke Anderson

I’ve been wondering for some time why we use cool technologies like biometric scanning for securing digital files, yet we rarely see it for physical storage units. I no longer have to wonder, as Frontgate has cooked up a small safe that is protected with a fingerprint scanner.

The box is so secure that it is indorsed by the NRA firearms saftey intrusion program, so apparently it’s safe for holding your gun. Just reading that made me picture rolling over at night, swiping my finger and having the safe pop open so I can grab my gun and mow down a line of zombies. Yes, that was but a small peek at what goes through my mind at any given point. It rarely makes sense, but I found it relevant.

[ FrontGate ] VIA [ UberReview ]

BioKnob, A Biometric Doorknob.

By David Ponce

It’s not the first biometric door locking system I’ve come across. It’s not particularly revolutionary or anything, but if you’re in the market for keyless home entry, then perhaps you should give TychiSystems a look. They make a mean knob.

The BioKnob? is an advance-technology biometric door lock shaped like an elegant doorknob. At the center of the outside knob is a tiny sensor that registers the pattern of users’ thumb or fingerprints. Up to 100 users can have their fingerprints enrolled in the BioKnob for entry. Unobtrusive buttons and a small display allow all programming and settings to be done at the lock with no external wiring or computer needed.

Look and look as I may, I couldn’t find a price.

[The BioKnob] VIA [Gadget Review]