Financial institutions want to use automation to handle transactions as quickly as possible, but they're also keenly interested in making sure only authorized users complete those transactions. Diebold Inc. is addressing these requirements with identiCenter™, which employs biometrics to guarantee the consumer's identity. identiCenter™ uses multispectral imaging fingerprint sensors from Lumidigm Inc. to prevent identity theft, which affects 10 million Americans at a total cost impact of $50 billion annually. The system can be used in drive-up systems or in kiosks that let consumers check in when entering a branch, selecting transaction options before reaching tellers. U.S. Biometrics Corp. provides the system that includes the fingerprint sensor.
Artificially created metamaterials are already appearing in niche applications like electronics, communications, and defense, says a new report from Lux Research. How quickly they become mainstream depends on cost-effective manufacturing methods, which will include additive manufacturing.
Sharon Glotzer and David Pine are hoping to create the first liquid hard drive with liquid nanoparticles that can store 1TB per teaspoon. They aren't the first to find potential data stores, as Harvard researchers have stored 700 TB inside a gram of DNA.
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