It can often happen that you need a small bolt. Nothing fancy: it can be used to close a locker in the gym, or perhaps the bike chain. And yes, then there is also the key, small and insidious to keep. Until Tapplock arrived.
The use of biometric information as authentication and security factors is taking its first steps in the last few years of the decade that has just ended. Mainly with mobile phones that have sensors mounted, then also with other systems (time stamps, computers and more) there are more and more applications that require our fingerprints to unlock. (I prefer the funny biometric, However). For some time now, the industry has begun to focus on a whole range of mass applications that can take advantage of this system. Tapplock answers this question: it is simply a bolt that opens with fingerprints. It uses biometric information from the owner (or other trusted subjects) and with it it does everything that until yesterday was only possible with the use of one or more keys.
How Tapplock Works
The external appearance of the bolt is perfectly identical to that of the normal bolts we see around. Only, instead of the "lock" in which to insert a key, there is a fingerprint sensor. “But if the owner cannot put his finger on the bolt for whatever reason,” you will tell me dear readers, “nobody will be able to open it”? Of course: Tapplock can store up to 100 different fingerprints. You can configure (I did it with my smartphone) the use of all 10 of your fingers (so you can unlock it as you like) and also enable whoever you want to open it.
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There is no need to carry keys with you, or worry not to lose or break them. No combinations or passwords are required. You don't have to tinker for a while trying to open it if you are in a hurry, or in the dark: you put your finger on it and go. It opens in less than a second (0.8 seconds, to be precise).
It says: how do you configure it? There is the companion app. So does it have bluetooth? Yes sir. So your data could be stolen from someone, or sent to someone else using the connectivity of a small bolt? The company, as always, says absolutely no.
Then see you. If now I have to worry about the big companies that want to steal my socks in the gym, it's over. I would take it. In pre-order costs 39 dollars, about 33 euros. To you the line.
Gianluca Riccio, born in 1975, is the creative director of an advertising agency, copywriter and journalist. He is affiliated with Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists. Since 2006 he directs Futuroprossimo.it, the Italian resource of Futurology.
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Gianluca Riccio, copywriter and journalist - Born in 1975, he is the creative director of an advertising agency, he is affiliated with the Italian Institute for the Future, World Future Society and H +, Network of Italian Transhumanists.