On July 24, Hitachi announced the development of its “finger vein money” system, a cardless payment method that relies on the identification of the veins of the user’s fingers for authentication. Hitachi will begin a three-month field test this September, using 200 of its employees, in its cafeteria and shops in the Hitachi System Plaza Building in Shin-Kawasaki, Japan.

Not as scary as it sounds, “finger vein money” relies on identifying the pattern of blood vessels in a user’s fingers, which are different from person to person – much like fingerprints or retinas. As PinkTentacle reports:

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