Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Biometrics @ Home

In the past years a lot of low-entry biometrics has entered our lives, like fingerprint recognition standard on laptops, fingerprint recognition for authentication on any PC, and iris recognition on airports, and other examples.

So far, biometrics is hardly ever applied your own home. While I was thinking about that and browsing left and right I found out that fingerprint recognition is actually quite easy to add to your home! The ekey tocahome costs around €400 in Europe, which seems worth it to me although I haven't read about actual experience with the device yet.

I'm wondering how long it will take until this or alternative biometrics becomes standard and gets accepted widely - after all fingerprints are as save as keys which are not unique anyway but unique across usually a few thousand locks. Compare that to the uniqueness of fingerprints, of which you can safely assume it is unique across at least 50,000 persons (according to this The Register article).

Let me know if you get one of these devices yourselves - otherwise I have to try it out myself some time soon. :)

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