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Fujitsu Ditches Fingerprints, Embraces Palm Scanner

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Fingerprint scanners have become a pretty ubiquitous technology by now, with just about every notebook we test sporting one, but as watching James Bond tells us, the technology can be beaten quite easily with a bit of determination (and a swanky phone). Fujitsu, then, is making the logical step of extrapolating the technology into scanning not one finger, but the users entire hand.

More specifically, the scanner uses infra-red to map the layout of veins under the surface of the palm, using proprietary Fujitsu Palm Vein Technology which in the example revealed today is built into a mouse. The mouse integrates into Windows just like any other biometric security, enabling passwords to be entered automatically as long as the right person uses the mouse.
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The main reason this method is more secure than fingerprints is because of how difficult it is to duplicate the medium. While grabbing a print off a glass is a fairly trivial affair, grabbing an infra-red scan of a persons hand without them realising is a much more difficult affair, notwithstanding having to duplicate the vein layout. More gruesomely, as the process relies on having hot blood flowing through the hand, any budding vault-breaker can't mimic the time-honoured trick of cutting of a finger to use on a scanner.

As well as a model built into a mouse, Fujitsu are also selling a standalone scanner, no pricing is yet announced but units are set to start shipping soon. If you want to get extra paranoid about ensuring no-one reads your soup recipes when you're out of the house, this could be the way. (you have soup recipes! ...where!? - ed).

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Press release (translated).

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