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Not very long ago Google announced about “Digital Wallet” leveraging on Near Filed Communication. Some retail store are also figuring out how you can use Augmented Reality and Face Recognition technology to auto-debit money from the customer’s account to enhance shopping experience.

However these technologies are still pretty unstable when you combine it with m-Commerce or e-Commerce. But one thing that’s unique about an user would be his thumb impression or palm impression. So bringing it into mobile applications would not only solve the issue of payment in retail but checkin to airports (which already some airports have tried).

Fujitsu has manufactured a system called PalmSecure that requires no hardware on the user side. The technology work just by waving your hand in front of the detector. It identifies the users and make payment on their behalf. Very useful for priority customers or gold customers in retail. Same thing can be applied to business class passenger in airlines enriching their boarding experience.

PalmSecure is a identification / security scheme that falls under the umbrella of biometrics. Examples of other biometric identifiers are fingerprint, voice, SIRI, face recognition etc. PalmSecure is uniquely unobtrusive as it requires the same gesture required to use an NFC phone wallet or to swipe a credit card, only you don’t have to have anything on your person to make it work.

Few organizations have adopted it already as a trial to replace Single Sign On to access to their enterprise systems. I am thinking of ordering some of these devices and try to see if you can connect it to an iPad which then can control anything starting from opening the door of a car to give me my medical history for last 6 months.

Reference: http://www.fujitsu.com/us/services/biometrics/palm-vein/palmsecure/index.html

As usual rumors have started to hit the Internet about the release of iPad3 towards end of March 2012. Among the so called expected features as per the below articles particularly two are interesting. http://www.thetechlabs.com/tech-news/ipad-3-features/

One is the “3D Feature and New Retina Display” and another one is “Fingerprint Proof”. The reason I feel they are more than just rumors is because I’ve recently read some patents being filed by Apple on both of these technologies.

Patent filed on displaying 3d environment : http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2012/01/apple-is-paving-the-way-for-a-new-3d-gui-for-ios-devices.html

In consumer market it will definitely allow users to create 3D content by taking 3D images or 3D videos using their smart phones or tablets. But it will also  give a boost to technologies like 3D Modelization, Augmented Reality creating opportunities for innovative enterprise solutions. 3D display environment on a smartphone or tablet would definitely bring in great visual nonetheless. Many people talk about Near Field Communication (NFC) although it’s not yet supported on iOS and a fairly new technology on Android. But if fingerprint proof or mobile biometrics come to smartphones, it will literally kill NFC before it is being adapted by users. Because, mobile biometrics is more secure than NFC where user’s identity or secret key is thumb impression. Imagine, fetching medical history or checking into airports just by taking finger prints on a smartphone or tablet.

Patent on fingerprint proof: http://www.patentlyapple.com/patently-apple/2011/08/new-patents-surface-for-an-iphone-antenna-clip-solar-energy-and-a-new-oil-resistant-coating-for-ios-devices.html

At the end, as we all know the above discussions are still rumors but we can’t deny the fact that technologies like this are going to make smartphones and tablets much more interesting than they are today.