Skin chips

Friday, 9 August 2002, 12:51 AM EST

Researchers at Lumidigm may have discovered that identity, like beauty, is only skin deep. The Albuquerque, NM-based company claims that it can validate a person’s ID with fingerprint-like accuracy by shining an infrared light into a small section of skin and measuring the reflection—a finding that may add innovative security features to portable devices, including an accurate trigger lock for a new electronic gun.

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