CLEAR, the company whose members we all enviously gaze upon at the airport as they breeze past those of us in the TSA Pre-Check lines, is expanding their identity verification technology to point of sale. Testing in some Seattle sports stadiums, CLEAR’s ability to use biometrics to confirm that you are definitively you is helpful for age verification for alcohol sales, but could also just make point of sale simpler, in general. Part of their mission all along, they figured if they could get approval for their tech to be used to confirm identity at airports, it was certainly going to work to add convenience to point-of-sale while also increasing the security of the transactions. Of course, Apple’s introduction Touch ID at point of sale with Apple Pay starting in 2014 has helped the masses understand the usefulness of this technology. That rising tide lifts all boats, including CLEAR’s. Look for CLEAR to roll out more instances of this tech in the coming year.
Tapplock came out with a new product called the Tapplock one+. It features 7mm reinforced stainless steel shackles, strengthened by double-layered lock design with anti-shim and anti-pry technologies, making it the ultimate utility fingerprint padlock. Plus, a state-of-the-art capacitive fingerprint sensor allows unlocking in under 0.8 seconds. Its adaptive algorithm means the lock becomes faster and more accurate with each access. You can store up to 500 different fingerprints per lock, and manage users and fingerprints via the Tapplock app. There are three ways to unlock: fingerprint, Bluetooth, and Morse code. The battery lasts up to a year or 3,500 unlocks. You can get a single Tapplock one+ for US$99, a double pack for US$179, and a four-pack for US$359.
Apple needs to sort out its iPhone 8 Touch ID issues before August to order fingerprint sensor chips in time for this fall’s launch.
Hands-on experience with the tech reveals that it’s far from perfect, but it’s a first public glimpse of what Apple is rumored to be looking into for the next iPhone.