Patent granted for OLED biometric Flash drive
The mafia's drive of choice?
The development of a self-nuking Flash drive is already underway. But if you don’t fancy blowing up misplaced data in order to keep it secure, then you’ll soon be able to keep files safe with just one finger, or thumb.
This biometric Flash drive sports an OLED screen
The Ennova Direct Corporation has been awarded a patent in North America for a USB Flash drive with an integrated biometric reader, which it aims to have on the market by the first quarter of next year.
USB drives with on-board fingerprint readers have been around for ages, but these use scanners over which you swipe your digit. The Ennova drive will insead incorporate a small OLED panel that you’ll have to press your digit onto before data access is granted.
If you’re fingerprint passes the authentication test then the display will turn one colour – green, presumably – but if not then it’ll turn another colour.
Another cool feature will be that the OLED will also let you visually “select specific files and initiate specific functions”. The OLED will also retract into the Flash drive’s body to help protect both the screen and USB jack.
Potential prices or capacity options haven’t been announced yet. ®
Too late for Gordie
There's already a self nuking device available, https://www.ironkey.com/ , but I wouldn't store anything in the 'cloud', especially its password. As long as this one requires a 'live' thumb to work it might be a clever idea. What a pity that new Labour hadn't heard of TrueCrypt or other drive encrypters. It's somewhat too late for them now.
Oh that's really good ...
Look, it has a flap to protect not only the oled but the fingerprint as well! Lifting the fingerprint so I can use it for authentication couldn't be easier. Even I could do it.
Security? Never heard of it.
Worth it just for the cool factor?