Hitachi’s effort are in vein

Fingertip biometrics, take 27: Hitachi is working on point-of-vending-machine-sale devices that recognizes an individual’s unique finger vein patterns. This will be useful for some folks with dexterity disabilities, but presumably as usual this system assumes that the individual has fingers and can hold them steady. (Related side note: as part of the budget package, California is insisting that In-Home Support Services recipients–a group that will definitely include some handless folks–must be fingerprinted to continue receiving services. We’d be bemused, but nothing Ahnold does bemuses us any more.)

Engadget: Hitachi develops biometric payment system, uses it to sell junk food

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