First-to-market biometric payment system scans your hand of it’s vein layout to identify the customer and their account.
To those unfamiliar with vein biometrics, the way your veins are structured around your body are more unique than a fingerprint, therefore considered a far more accurate form of personal identification - video from the University of Lund, Sweden below:
Paying for a coffee or lunch by simply scanning your palm still sounds like science fiction to most of us. However, an engineering student at Lund University in Sweden has made it happen - making his the first known company in the world to install the vein scanning technique in stores and coffee shops.
Link to Quixter’s website can be found here
The C-Thru Smoke Diving Helmet, a conceptual design by Omer Haciomeroglu. Designed for the increase and aid of a firefighter’s visibility and mobility in dense smoke.
Facebook uses face recognition software to identify its users in photos. This works via a ‘template’ of your facial features that is created from your profile images. These features — the distance between your eyes, the symmetry of your mouth — generally do not change over time. Unlike a photograph, which captures some ephemeral expression of who you are at a particular moment, a face recognition template forever remains your portrait. It is all possible photos, taken and untaken, by which you, or someone else, might document your life.
These templates are Facebook’s proprietary data. For a brief period in 2013, users could access their template using the “Download a copy of your Facebook data” option in the settings (it is no longer included in the download). The information is unusable in its raw form without knowing the specifics of Facebook’s algorithm. But as an irrevocable corporate byproduct, the future implications of such data remain unclear.
Eternal Portraits is a series of printed and framed face recognition template data from our friends and ourselves.
More at Brian’s website here
1 in 3 American Homes Ready for 3D Printer
Move over dot matrix and laser printers, American’s are making room in their home office for 3D Printers. A new report published by Forbes has found that one in three Americans would consider a 3D printer for their home this year, most of these Millennials are those aged between18 and 24.
The report is from CEL Robox, a 3D printer company who successfully funded its printer back in December 2013 on Kickstarter. The company worked with research agency OnePoll to survey 1,000 U.S. consumers.
The report also detailed what consumers are most interested in doing with their 3D printer. Of those that would buy a printer this year, 65% said they were interested in creating and printing customized items for their home.
The most common reasons for wanting a 3D printer were to print items rather than purchasing them in a store (36%) and to print out items to help fix things around the house (35%).
But many also wanted to get quite crafty, with one in three people to use 3D printers to create personalized gifts for people including wedding favours.
With the likes of Amazon and Staples selling 3D printers and lower cost options (under $1K) becoming available for sale, its only a matter of time before 3D printers become a common appliance in the everyday home. So starting making room on your desk.
IllumiRoom is a proof-of-concept system from Microsoft Research. It augments the area surrounding a television screen with projected visualizations to enhance the traditional living room entertainment experience.
IllumiRoom uses a Kinect for Windows camera and a projector to blur the lines between on-screen content and the environment we live in allowing us to combine our virtual and physical worlds. For example, the system can change the appearance of the room, induce apparent motion, extend the field of view, and enable entirely new game experiences.
The system uses the appearance and the geometry of the room (captured by Kinect) to adapt the projected visuals in real-time without any need to custom pre-process the graphics.