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Video: This Touchscreen Can Sense Fingerprints

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taimoortariq
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taimoortariq   7/31/2013 7:03:56 AM
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No doubt a great Innovation, but finger print scanning is already used at alot of places for security purposes. Finger print scanners provide the same application as this touch screen is providing. You just have to integerate the scanner with the system. I believe the way it will actually be of more use is when it detects your finger prints in run time, while you are using the touch pannel. And the screen should only be workable for the desired person.

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NadineJ   7/31/2013 6:33:48 PM
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Is this the same techinology used for biometric, or so-called smart guns? 

shehan
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shehan   7/31/2013 6:59:39 PM
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@taimoor – yes it's a great innovation, I always wanted to understand why a touchscreen device cannot detect the fingerprint.

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etmax   8/1/2013 9:02:45 PM
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It's because of the resolution of existing touch screen, they can see less that 20 variations across the whole screen

Elizabeth M
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Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
Elizabeth M   7/31/2013 7:13:00 AM
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This seems like a real breakthrough for security but at the moment, I'm not sure I'd want to use it. I think I'd like to wait for the technology to be tested well and perfected, as I think touchscreens can still be a bit buggy and I would hate to be locked out of my phone because the screen can't register my fingerprints. I'm sure the technology works well, but I'd approach using it with caution for now.

Charles Murray
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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
Charles Murray   7/31/2013 5:59:59 PM
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Good point, Liz. Many people have problems learning to use touch screens. As great as this technology potentially is, it would add another layer of difficulty to the learning process.

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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
NadineJ   7/31/2013 6:16:50 PM
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Banks are motivated to make online technology easier and elder-friendly.  Since this could make online banking more secure, they'll find a way to make it simple easy.

shehan
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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
shehan   7/31/2013 7:10:53 PM
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@NadineJ – This could be used for various purposes mainly to strengthen security. As you said this could enhance security of banking services. 

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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
a.saji   7/31/2013 10:43:08 PM
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@Shehan: True but there will be issues and limitations too involved in this.      

shehan
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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
shehan   7/31/2013 7:03:42 PM
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@Charles – I am not too sure why, but I always find the tough screen easier to use, may be because I am use to it now. 

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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
Cabe Atwell   7/31/2013 7:39:42 PM
Despite the innovation here, I have read some of the new cell-phones coming out in the latter half of 2013 will feature this type of tech to some extent. So... this team better hurry up.

C

Elizabeth M
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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
Elizabeth M   8/1/2013 8:07:43 AM
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Really, Cabe? That's interesting...so you're right! This had better be good and ready for primetime and as bug free as possible.

shehan
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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
shehan   7/31/2013 7:01:40 PM
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@Elizabeth – Yes it could be a flop, I think it's always better to stay for the technology to establish itself. I am sure it won't take that long it only requires some patience. 

Elizabeth M
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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
Elizabeth M   8/1/2013 8:00:34 AM
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True, shehan, these things usually prove themselves fairly quickly. I myself am a cautious early adopter--I think usually by version 2 or 3, products really hit their stride. The only exception I made was the iPhone, but I still think the later versions were better!

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Re: Good security, but not sure I'd want to use it
etmax   8/1/2013 9:16:35 PM
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I'm with you on that for the same reasons, and given that mythbusters actually circumvented a fingerprint system buy photocopying a fingerprint they pulled of a surface I think only high resolution capacitive sensors offer any real level of security.

They say that fingerprints are more secure than passwords, but I beg to differ on that. While they are almost unique (seriously only almost) unless the verification system also verifies that the fingerprint is on a real hand of a living person a well chosen non-shared password will be more secure.

In case you're wondering why I said "almost" earlier, New Scientist published an article on forensics a while back where they stated roughly how many people in the world (statistically) share the same fingerprints and it wasn't one :-). Of course the likelyhood of 2 people with the same fingerprints crossing paths is much less again.

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Sensing Fingerprints
apresher   8/1/2013 7:59:28 PM
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Not being bug-free would especially be a problem for this technology. Nothing like security technology that doesn't work properly.  Does this also open the door to stealing identities via fingerprint scans?  Not sure about if that is an issue.

etmax
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etmax   8/1/2013 9:23:46 PM
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The biggest problem is that damage to your fingertips would lock you out of the system. I'm talking a cut or a burn. I solder small parts and am forever burning slots and holes in my fingertips, and my coffee machine (yep it has a fingerprint sensor) didn't recognise me. Luckily it has a bypass button, but that wouldn't be an option for secure access to something.

Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   8/2/2013 8:34:17 AM
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Nice to see I'm not the only skeptic, Al, but I didn't even think about the possibility of identity theft through fingerprints but you never know what hackers will come up with next! definitely could happen.

William K.
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But what about going around the sensor?
William K.   8/1/2013 10:06:15 PM
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W@hile fingerprint recognition hardware may be quite able to record a really high definition image of a fingerprint, , it then gest converted into a string of digital data, at which point it is probably much easier to compromise. Just like those unpickable locks that can be broken fairly easily, not every methode is secure from end-to-end, and it looks to me like the fingerprint system could be hacked a bit farther downstream. So uniqueness is not the only concern here.

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AnandY   8/8/2013 3:28:14 AM
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This might be a new innovation that aims at ensuring the security of your digital devices. I am however skeptical about a few things. What happens when you injure your fingers? Safety is another issue. The sensor transforms the image from the fingers into encrypted data that can still be hacked by experienced hackers.

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