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PulseWallet: Pay By Scanning The Veins In Your Palm

Shoppers can access their electronic wallets after the point-of-sale technology scans their veins.

PulseWallet: Pay By Scanning The Veins In Your Palm
[Image: Flickr user Thomas O'Rourke]

For those who worry about the security of different mobile payments products, PulseWallet hears you. At CES 2014, the company is showing off a supposedly “spoof-proof” technology that allows consumers to pay by scanning their palms.

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By incorporating biometrics into its point-of-sale product, PulseWallet lets shoppers access registered electronic wallets at participating merchants. Registration at a PulseWallet terminal should take less than a minute, and users are authenticated within a second.


PulseWallet is based on Fujitsu’s palm vein sensors called PalmSecure, which is used in products to sign in or gain physical entry. The sensor works by shining a near-infrared light to capture vein patterns in a person’s palm without touching the skin, and that is matched against the palms of other pre-registered users. Fujitsu says the vascular pattern cannot be duplicated and provides low false-accept and reject rates.

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Based in San Francisco, Alice Truong is Fast Company's West Coast correspondent. She previously reported in Chicago, Washington D.C., New York and most recently Hong Kong, where she (left her heart and) worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

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