While fingerprint sensors on smartphones are starting to become more common, especially with the iPhone 5s and the Samsung Galaxy S5 picking up on the trend again, this kind of technology has actually be integrated into other consumer electronics in the past, such as laptops.
For the most part fingerprint sensors on laptops felt gimmicky and after a while they tended to stop working. However it seems that Fujitsu is planning on introducing a new type of biometrics into laptops that won’t require your fingerprint. Instead it might require your palm vein instead.
How this works is that it will require the user to place their palm over the sensor to scan it, after which it will attempt to authenticate the user before unlocking the computer. Apparently this will require a live hand, meaning that that age old trick of cutting off someone’s hand to bypass biometric security will not work in the case.
According to Fujitsu, they believe that palm sensing is apparently a thousand times more secure than conventional biometric methods. We can’t attest to that since we have yet to try it for ourselves. but if offers up more security, why not, right?
Fujitsu is attempting to integrate more of its business laptops with palm vein sensors, so if you’re an enterprise user looking for additional security on top of the other security suites you’ve installed, perhaps this might be worth checking out. [Image credit – Engadget]