I remember as a small child, watching Star Trek and thinking, “Wow, technology is so cool! They can just waive their hands and open doors or turn things on. I can’t wait to see that happen in real life.” Well, we are on the verge.
Hitachi Europe is poised to release hand gesture authentication.
Hitachi has been a leader in developing new biometric technology methods to replace passwords and authorize transactions. They’ve developed a new finger vein biometric authentication program so devices with cameras can now scan your hand.
How does it work?
Similar to fingerprint technology that scans your fingers for ridges (forming a fingerprint), Hitashi’s new method scans your fingers but on the inside. According to the General Manager at Hitachi in a recent Forbes article, finger vein technology reads patterns inside your fingers using ambient or infrared light to see the patterns. The best part is that this new authentication method uses the existing camera on your laptop or smartphone. There is no need for additional sensors or hardware.
The wave of the future.
While finger prints are fairly easy to replicate, vein patters are nearly impossible. Developers are even putting several security methods in place to further reduce the instances of fake hands.