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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be able to pay for their drinks at vending machines with nothing but their fingertip, with the amount of money being withdrawn automatically from their bank account.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?
Portugal’s Banco Espirito Santo (BES) are currently promoting ‘BES Arte & Finance’, a space where contemporary art mingles with financial services. Located in Lisbon’s financial district, the initiative is aimed to bring modern art to the masses and give something back to the community.
Barclays bank has set an interesting website for its clients – the Barclays Circle. It’s presented as a social media platform where customers can interact instantaneously with their bank, but also with other customers. Users can get the opinions of banking experts and other customers on financial products and services, as well as give their own opinions.