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Vein authentication is only commonly used in high security areas – now Hitachi and Coca Cola plan to introduce this technology for the use of consumers as well. People will be able to pay for their drinks at vending machines with nothing but their fingertip, with the amount of money being withdrawn automatically from their bank account.
Why it matters
The individual human body is becoming a digitally readable medium. Perhaps payment by finger is an extreme but isn’t it just another example of the move towards a cashless/cardless society?
“Pay with a tweet” is the first social payment system where you can pay online with the value of your social network. The system is really simple. Every time somebody pays with a tweet, he or she spreads the word about your product in his social network. The two founders used the system to promote their book released in 2010.
“iWallet” is a hard case wallet, tamper resistant and can only be opened if it recognises your fingerprints. Using Bluetooth technology that connects to your mobile, an alarm goes off if both are about 10ft away from each other.