Biometric security is often focused on the more boring anatomical parts, like the pads of the fingers (ehhh) or the eyes (who cares). So little attention has been paid to the security possibilities of the butt. Well, not anymore: researchers at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology in Tokyo have come up with a car seat that measures the precise contours and pressures left by your posterior.
Apparently measuring buttprints, or rear-pressure (none of the terms I just used, or will use, have been approved or sanctioned by the researchers) is a pretty decent way to identify people. The seat is comprised of a system of 360 separate sensors, which measure pressure. Those sensors communicate with a laptop to put together a precise map of the seated person. The researchers say the seat can correctly identify people with 98% accuracy--not bad at all.
The team is hoping to work with Japanese car manufacturers to implement the system as an added security measure, possibly in as few as two or three years.
So what happens if you lose your wallet and don't have it in your back pocket? Can you no longer drive the car?
What happens if you gain 100 pounds
The first two words in this article fit it to a "T"! Did ya really have to go there PopSci? LOL Regardless, I hope everyone has a very happy holiday and a HAPPY NEW YEAR!
So if your get a automatic picture ticket for running through a red light on your car, but you are not driving that day your own car; perhaps you can show up in the court room and present to the Judge you butt proof you did not run that red light! lol
Science sees no further than what it can sense.
Religion sees beyond the senses.
Those silly Japanese. What will they think of next? I can see weight gain or loss as a problem and agree with the wallet thing, thought that could be a good thing in case you forget it. Though it seems the more sophisticated electronics they put into cars, the more problems they are prone to have. Sometimes the chip reader in my car won't correctly read the chip in the key and I have to shut it off and restart it. Instead of a butt reader, can't they install some sort of high speed DNA reader or some other biometric scanner? I'd love for my car to start when I put my hands on the steering wheel and gear selector instead of hearing "please fart to start."
Science always asks "can we," but doesn't seem to ask "should we."
Now I've seen everything
And what if you let your friend barrow your car, or its an emergency where someone else has to drive
There would be a market already for the innovation: luxury cars; automatic adjustment of seats, mirrors, steering wheel, etc based on true recognition of driver - instead of assumed, based on individual keys, as now.