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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be able to pay for their drinks at vending machines with nothing but their fingertip, with the amount of money being withdrawn automatically from their bank account.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?
“Banking on Green” is an agreement between Fiat and Deutsche Bank for the supply of 140 Punto EVO Natural Power cars, that will be used across the whole Deutsche Bank Italian network.
The clever students at the MIT Media Lab have created Proverbial Wallets – digitally enhanced wallets designed to guide your spending habits. Using Bluetooth technology, the wallet collects your financial data and measures your spending. The wallet then swells and shrinks to reflect your bank balance. It also has the ability to lock if you reach your monthly budget.