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    biometric inputs

    The possible uses of a biometric fingerprint reader in a car computer are great. Does anyone have any experience with using a fingerprint reader? Controling ignition? user access? anythign like this? I'd like to mess around with stuff like this so if anyone knows where I can get a linux compatible biometric fingerprint reader, and a way to write software for it, that would be great.

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    Gimme about 2 years and I will have a fingerprint scanner hooked up to start the car.

    Things you must consider:
    What happens if someone else needs to drive your car? (for instance, taking it to the shop)
    What happens if you lose your finger in a horrible dremel accident?

    You do need to be able to turn it off
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    finally

    finally someone replied to my biometric idea... I though it would have gotten more attention than it did. It was one of the first things I thought of when I thought of putting a computer in my car.

    anyway, the plan was for the car to start with either the fingerprint or normal key. That way if I just got back from rock climbing and had no fingerprints left, I could still start my car.

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    Re: finally

    Originally posted by Ice9
    finally someone replied to my biometric idea... I though it would have gotten more attention than it did. It was one of the first things I thought of when I thought of putting a computer in my car.

    anyway, the plan was for the car to start with either the fingerprint or normal key. That way if I just got back from rock climbing and had no fingerprints left, I could still start my car.
    What you could do is have the imobiliser operated by finger print, or backup keypad code. So when it goes to the shop they use the code. When they have finished and you get the car back you change the pin code (like an ATM).

    For everyday use, you use your print, to save using the code. After climbing, use the code, if your fingers are still controllable enough to stab keys.
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    I was thinking about using a fingerprint scanner to select different playlists. I could have 10 different playlists based on Genre. I could let my friends/family have a playlist based upon their favourite songs.

    Some guy was looking into this playlist application for a barcode reader he had, was going to use a swipe card to load different playlists - Never heard any more about it.

    I don't know how you go about controlling the fingerprint scanner. Mine is a Compac one. Any ideas??

    ....You could write what files are on the playlist on the back of the card. I wonder you would want to tattoo the files in the playlist onto the back of your finger.
    It all looks a bit complicated to me

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    Originally posted by JohnB1182


    ....You could write what files are on the playlist on the back of the card. I wonder you would want to tattoo the files in the playlist onto the back of your finger.
    What about a barcode tattooed onto every occupants forehead, when they drive, they look at the rear view mirror, press abutton, ad it is low powered UV scanned. If you use UV ink, it wouldn't show in normal, but in a club, under black light it would look so funky
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    Seriously, is a fingerprint scanner generically controlled? mine only lights up waiting for a fingerprint at the windows logon screen. how would you get it to look for an input all the time??

    I bought mine for ~30. 'cos the software with it is only for win95.
    I have it on my Wion98 desctop PC. only problem is all the popup windows say Win95 on them.

    How would you go about utalising it in a car install, any Winamp plugins availiable
    It all looks a bit complicated to me

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    The only problems I see with using biometric inputs to secure the car are:

    1. Computer must be idling all the time to run the reader...This probably precludes the use of power saving mode/hibernation/etc.

    2. Biometric inputs are easily faked.

    3. If I wanted to steal your car, I'd just cut off your hand.

    I like the forehead barcode idea though, since it could be used for much more than just the car...But I think a less permanent solution might just be a transponder in your watch or something.
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    I believe fingerprint scanners like the U.R.U DIgital Persona can be made to open programs, etc with scanned fingers.

    And if you want my car so badly that you'd cut of my hand... you can have it.

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    Originally posted by Aaron Cake
    But I think a less permanent solution might just be a transponder in your watch or something.
    Hows about this; A small metal and plastic fob that you carry with you, small so its easy concealed around your body. Has the option being attacthed to your belt or whatever. Lightweight. Totally waterproof, and requires ZERO power. Unique to your vehicle. Not only can it be used to start the vehicle but it also has the capability to lock and unlock the steering for extra protection.

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