A different kind of palm reader at school

PalmReader may keep lunch money safe once again

PalmReader

Cyberbullying may still be a problem, but at least your kids won't get their lunch money stolen if this technology has anything to do with it. Working with Fujitsu, a Scottish company called Yarg Biometrics is testing its PalmReader security device at a primary school in Glasgow, according to Gizmag. The technology reads palm vein patters to authenticate accounts for cashless catering, but that could be just a prelude to other security uses that some might find more Orwellian: Among the possibilities, Yarg says, the PalmReader could be used "to monitor truancy levels, to facilitate accurate attendance at classes and overall better time management." Ferris Bueller, we hardly knew ye.

(Photo: Yarg Biometrics)

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