One downside to portable PCs is the thieves who sometimes enjoy that portability. Samsung is making it difficult for them to steal data, using a fingerprint sensor to provide security. AuthenTec's AES1610 fingerprint sensor is a standard feature on Samsung's X360, a fully featured 13.3-inch PC that weighs only 2.8 lb. In addition to keeping unauthorized users from accessing data on the PC, the sensor can also be used for password authentication on websites. The sensor reads the live layer below the skin's surface so it has fewer errors than alternative sensing.
What should be the perception of a product’s real-world performance with regard to the published spec sheet? While it is easy to assume that the product will operate according to spec, what variables should be considered, and is that a designer obligation or a customer responsibility? Or both?
Biomimicry has already found its way into the development of robots and new materials, with researchers studying animals and nature to come up with new innovations. Now thanks to researchers in Boston, biomimicry could even inform the future of electrical networks for next-generation displays.
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