Thursday, January 26, 2006

cash, credit or play-doh?

This is the opening sentence to an article posted on CNN Tuesday:
"Buying groceries with the touch of a finger could be closer than you think, if new research touting the benefits of biometric payment for retail giants like Wal-Mart, Target, and Costco is anything to go by."
Meanwhile, back in December of last year, Stephanie C. Schuckers, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Clarkson University (whose research is amply funded by the NSF, OHS and the Department of Defense), concluded from her extensive research of existing biometric payment devices that:
"... even something as simple as Play-Doh or gelatin, can potentially be misread as authentic ..."
Wow, that's a relief - all this time I thought I was going to have to carry around someone else's finger in a baggie like you see in the movies!