Will That Be Cash, Debit Card or Fingerprint Scan? Identifying people by their fingerprints and allowing them to pay for purchases with only their fingerprints sounds like something out of a science fiction film. However, the technology to identify people by their unique scanned fingerprints is here. And the technology, which is officially called Biocryptology, is being given a test run by engineering students at The School of Mines and Technology in Rapid City, South Dakota. The new payment technology scans the finger print of registered customers and also registers the fact that hemoglobin is pulsing through their veins to verify that the customers are A. alive and B. the actual registered person. And the engineering students on the campus can now use this technology to walk in to one of two shops on campus and pick up supplies!

So we are several steps closer to a cashless society! And imagine the convenience of never having to take anything with you when you leave the house and being able to go out turn on your car, shop and pay for coffee and a breakfast sandwich on your way to the mall and then buy new clothing and the iPod you have had your eye on, pick up Chinese for dinner on your way home and then when you get home being able to enter your house with your new purchases and your dinner all without ever having to carry a key, cash or debit cards because you’ll be able to buy things open turn on your car and open doors all via a finger print scan. How cool is that!

Here’s a link to an article on this cool subject from the Desktop Engineering site, titled Are You Ready for a Cashless Society? – The article offers a corresponding video interview with one of the project managers from the School of Mines and Technology who demos the technology for all interested viewers:

http://www.engineeringontheedge.com/2013/01/are-you-ready-for-a-cashless-society/

New Volkswagen Hybrid Get Great Mileage – 270 MPG! Volkswagen has just announced a new car; the Volkswagen XL1 which is a hybrid electric and gas model car and will reportedly get 270 miles to the gallon! Volkswagen did not announce a price for the car or a date when it will be available for consumers in the U.S. but it is a cool streamlined looking car with doors that flip up and out just like the ones on the Back to the Future DeLorean; and any car that gets 270 MPG is worth checking out!

Here’s a link to an article on the XL1, titled High-mileage VW XL1 to debut at Geneva Motor Show from the Autoweek website:

http://www.autoweek.com/article/20130221/geneva/130229972

Have a great day!

Linda R.

References

Jewett, Dale. (2013, February 21). High-mileage VW XL1 to debut at Geneva Motor Show. Autoweek. Online.

Newman, John. (2013, January 28.). Are You Ready for a Cashless Society? Desktop Engineering. Online.

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