Fingerprints Used As Student Currency

PayTango uses biometric technology to allow customers to pay.

Yi Chen
Yi Chen on April 15, 2013. @yiiee

We’ve previously mentioned the Square Card Case app, which essentially allows customers to pay with only their name. Now, a new technology called “PayTango” will enable consumers to pay with just their fingerprints.

The secure payment system was created by a team of developers and programmers from Carnegie Mellon University. Christian Reyes, Brian Groudan, Kelly Lau-Kee and Mang Patel came up with the PayTango prototype earlier this and has be trialling the pilot program at the university’s cafeteria.

The system is connected to a biometric sensor that scans the user’s index and middle fingers. The fingertips are linked to a credit or debit card, and funds are automatically deducted. The developers say that signing up for the system only takes 20 seconds, and that it’s a safer alternative than to carry cash or bank cards around. What do you think?