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Tag Archives: Biometrics

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 ]

Fingerprint Security Briefcase

Fingerprint Security Briefcase (Images courtesy Chinavasion)
By Andrew Liszewski

Nothing makes you look more important than carrying around a briefcase. But whether it’s filled with plans for world domination, or just your lunch, you don’t want those important contents falling into the wrong hands. So why trust a combination lock that can be opened with one lucky guess, when you can secure your files, or PB&J sandwich, with biometrics?

Covered with supple Nubuck leather and lined with soft suede this briefcase makes it look like you’ve just stepped off Wall Street, but it protects your secrets, or your true identity, with a fingerprint reader. The locking mechanism supports up to 12 different users and 2 administrators (not really sure what extra privileges they’re granted) and can store 2 different fingerprints for each user. Now since it’s not a mechanical system the fingerprint reader does need to be occasionally charged via USB (the lithium-ion battery is good for about 600 scans) and I’m not sure what fail-safes exist if the battery dies and you need access, so maybe keeping one of those USB backup batteries in your pocket isn’t a terrible idea. Get it from Chinavasion for about $390.

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Fingerprint Safe Box Not Actually For Protecting Fingerprints

Fingerprint Safe Box (Image courtesy Gadget Universe) By Andrew Liszewski

Until someone discovers an easy way to compromise fingerprint security scanners, they’ll be making their way into more and more devices that have typically required you to memorize a password or combination.

Take this run-of-the-mill safe for example. The traditional spinning combination lock or numeric keypad has been replaced with a considerably easier to use fingerprint reader. And like with any device that uses this means of security, a simple swipe of your digit will lock or unlock your valuables. Unfortunately I have no idea how many users this safe supports (probably just one), what kind of abuse it can survive (fire etc.), or how long the 4 AA batteries will remember your prints.

You can find it at Gadget Universe for $399.95 and because it weighs close to 30 lbs, you’ll have to add an extra $19.95 for shipping charges.

[ Fingerprint Safe Box ] VIA [ IT Rush ]

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 ]

Sequiam BioBox For Securing Non-Digital Valuables

Sequiam BioBox (Image courtesy The Sharper Image)
By Andrew Liszewski

There are plenty of biometric security solutions when it comes to backing up important files or securing your computer. But the Sequiam BioBox is actually designed to protect those things that can’t be copied to a hard drive for safe keeping like cash, jewelry or important documents. The box uses a biometric fingerprint reader that can accommodate up to six different users, and while the reader is powered by 4 AA batteries (good for about 1,000 openings) the user data won’t be affected if the batteries run out.

The box itself is 10.75″ x 7.25″ x 2″ and is made of steel with a padded interior. While you’re probably not going to be able to squeeze a Picasso in there, it should accommodate other smaller items you’d hate to see go missing. And if somehow all 6 users lose their fingers in a tragic accident the box also has a backup key for circumventing the fingerprint reader.

It’s currently available from The Sharper Image for $239.95.

[ Sequiam BioBox ] VIA [ The Green Head ]

BioLock Fingerprint Deadbolt

BioLock Deadbolt (Image courtesy GoKeyless)
By Andrew Liszewski

Unless you work in an acid factory with the constant fear of losing your fingerprints this biometric deadbolt is a convenient alternative to a keyed lock. On the back of the curved metal protrusion you’ll find the sensor which will match a swiped fingerprint and unlock the bolt in less than a second.

On the inside of the door you’ll find the control center which is a bit on the bulky side but allows you to register and manage up to 50 different users. There’s also a standard locking knob mounted just below the keypad for inside use. While the BioLock does require 4 AA batteries to operate that should give you a year’s worth of service before they need replacing. And if they do happen to run out the fingerprint memory is preserved and you can still open the deadbolt using the included emergency override keys.

It’s currently available from GoKeyless for $229.

[ BioLock Deadbolt ] VIA [ Home Improvement Ideas ]