Fingerprinting by radio waves

Phone's biometrics don't require contact

Some of us at Crave are known for our obsessions (we like to call them "quirks"), among them gadget security and, specifically phone safety . So we're compelled to mention a new mobile phone from Willcom, even though it will be available only in Japan for the time being. This model, brilliantly named the "WX321J," has a fingerprint scanner that doesn't require direct contact: Its authentication system uses radio waves instead, to avoid moisture and other possible interference. Other than that, Slashphone says the features are pretty standard. But we can't get past the fact that Willcom also makes the evil cat phone .

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