A London nightclub's biometric velvet rope

Smokers need to re-enter club by scanning fingerprints.


Generally, when we hear about London nightclubs stateside, it's because Prince Harry was spotted dancing on a table in a sarong or because some flashy playboy racked up a ridiculous tab. This time, however, it's a little bit different. The Camden Town boite Koko has introduced a new high-tech system to keep tabs on partygoers who leave the club for smoke breaks. Upon leaving the establishment, their fingerprints are scanned; they're then allowed seven minutes to enjoy their cigs, and then afterward must re-enter by re-scanning. Makes the bouncer's job a whole lot easier, I'm sure.

Those Brits sure do come up with some innovative nightlife tech .

I'm not a smoker, but I'm familiar with the need to briefly leave a noisy nightclub in order to make a cell phone call and then attempt to regain access without waiting in line all over again, and I think fingerprint scanners show promise. Londonist thinks it's a tad "unnecessarily draconian," but if it replaces those impossible-to-wash-off hand stamps, I'll take it.

Nothing like walking into a Friday morning meeting with the remnants of a "21+ OPEN BAR THURSDAYS" streak on your hand. Let's just say it's not exactly the best way to express to your boss that you might be a little bit out of it that day.

(Londonist via PSFK)

Tech Culture
About the author

Caroline McCarthy, a CNET News staff writer, is a downtown Manhattanite happily addicted to social-media tools and restaurant blogs. Her pre-CNET resume includes interning at an IT security firm and brewing cappuccinos.


Discuss A London nightclub's biometric velvet rope

Conversation powered by Livefyre

Show Comments Hide Comments
Latest Galleries from CNET
Runcible 'wearable' pocket smartwatch (pictures)
Autodesk helps to make the maker (pictures)
Lyve keeps your photos organized (pictures)
Check out these great Android games (pictures)
Alto's Adventure has excellent graphics (pictures)
Check out the cheap, 4G LTE Motorola Moto E (pictures)