Paying for items using the veins in your hand and our hard-coded biometrics has become a reality, with hand-scanned purchases being made.
By simply moving your hand over a scanner it is able to detect your identity and connect with your payment details to allow you to buy items without having to wait for a card to be verified or even entering a pin number.
The technology is not just a concept either, with 15 stores around the University of Lund, Sweden, where it was developed, already using the scanners to allow people to pay for products.
To date 1,600 people have been using their veins to buy items faster than usual.
As with the fingerprint scanners on latest iPhones and Samsung S5 phones, the technology provides an almost infallible security protection.
The university isn’t the first to use vein scanning as a method of payment and the technology has been around for a few years now, but it has failed to take-off commercially.
Manufacturers will hope that the likes of Samsung and Apple beginning to use scanning hardware for security will increase the public confidence in its reliability.
Earlier this year Biyo, formerly known as PulseWallet, showed off its palm scanners which are able to verify a user in one second.
The company’s scanning devices allow you to also manage your online wallet with a mobile app and online dashboard as well as showing digital receipts.
In Brazil, in the largest use of the scanning technology to date, 35,000 ATMs have been using Fujitsu’s PalmSecure scanning to help prevent fraud.
While the vein system would almost be impossible to break, there is the worry for users that their personal details are still being held by a company that is not their bank.
For the working model in Sweden users sign up by visiting one of the stores with a terminal and enter their social security and phone number.
They then scan their palm three times and received a text message with the activation link – further information is provided by the user as part of a web form.
Fredrik Leifland, from university in Sweden, said: “We had to connect all the players ourselves, which was quite complex: the vein scanning terminals, the banks, the stores and the customers.
“The next step was finding ways of packaging it into a solution that was user-friendly”, says Fredrik.
“Every individual’s vein pattern is completely unique, so there really is no way of committing fraud with this system. You always need your hand scanned for a payment to go through.”
Image two courtesy of Biyo