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Swedes replace credit cards with hand swipe

By Henrik Palmgren | redice.tv


Why carry that heavy wallet around and endure personal privacy, when you can transform yourself into a walking, talking, automated identification system with the flick of a hand?

The Local reports: "More than a thousand Swedish shoppers have signed up to make payments with a swipe of their hand, paying at machines in Lund that scan the unique pattern of their veins. "

An individual’s handprint is unique, and proponents of the system say there is ’no way of committing fraud with this system". That is, unless you are no longer in possession of your hand.

[Related: BBC Marketing the Microchip]

Move over Minority Report, Sweden is on the cutting edge of tagging and bagging consumers...

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Swedes replace credit cards with hand swipe
From: The Local

Hand scanning has become an alternative payment method for people in a city in southern Sweden, researchers at Lund University said Monday.

Vein scanning terminals have been installed in 15 shops and restaurants in Lund thanks to an engineering student who came up with the idea two years ago while waiting in line to pay. Some 1,600 people have signed up already for the system, which its creator says is not only faster but also safer than traditional payment methods.

"Every individual’s vein pattern is completely unique, so there really is no way of committing fraud with this system," researcher Fredrik Leifland said in a statement. "You always need your hand scanned for a payment to go through."

While vein scanning technology existed previously, it has not been used as a form of payment before.

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Read the full article at: thelocal.se



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