In Brief

PulseWallet aims to popularize bio-authentication across the US.

Bio-authentication can already be used to identify you by your cardiac rhythm, but now there is a scanner that uses biometrics to let you pay for everyday items like a cup of coffee. It’s called PulseWallet, and it uses the veins in your hand instead of a pin or signature to authenticate your credit card. The question is whether or not it can compete with existing technologies?

PulseWallet is a credit card terminal and register with a built-in biometric palm reader that uses an infrared Fujitsu camera to photograph your vein pattern. Once you’ve paired a credit card with your unique pattern, you can hold your hand over any PulseWallet terminal to pay by card. If you’re a business owner, you can hook it up to your cash register, or to PulseWallet’s bundled register, which also includes a Windows tablet.

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