Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Give 'em the finger

Saw an interesting piece of technology this week. You know those little cards you get at the supermarket that give you the sale price on advertised items? Well, the local Piggly Wiggly has gone high tech. When you sign up for that card you can tie it to a debit/credit card and they'll also scan your fingerprint. You pick up your groceries, proceed to the checkout, and scan you fingerprint to checkout.


Joel Garry said...

Whenever I see Piggly-Wiggly I can't help but think of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

World's greatest price wrecker.

Anonymous said...

I heard that some scientists from Japan fooled a fingerprint scaner (a popular one) with a gummy bear pressed against the scan reader.

Anonymous said...

Convenient maybe, but do you really want the supermarket knowing every little thing that you buy? They sort of know when you use one of their cards, but anyone can use that card as they don't check id.