London: Last year
thousands of quake victims fled homes in Japan, leaving their cash
cards behind in the hurly burly of survival. Luckily, one bank has
the answer, ATMs that use a palm-scanner to issue money.
The announcement follows a trial started in December by Kraft of
the iSample vending machine, which uses a biometric scanner to
'read' the age and gender of people standing in front of it, and
will serve adults, but refuse children.
The two machines went on trial in Chicago's Shedd Aquarium and New
York's South Street Seaport. The biometric technology is already
under test by companies such as Gillette, the Daily Mail reported.
The scanner uses biometric data to 'guess' the age of people
standing in front of it, dividing adults into four 'age brackets.'
Other software has already been shown to be able to 'guess' ages
to an accuracy of around five years.
Biometric security systems on home laptops, meanwhile, are
becoming increasingly popular. HP's new DV6 and DV7 machines, for
instance, both feature finger-scanning security.