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Finding your car keys can be a real bind, particularly if you’re in a rush, which so many of us are. When it comes to getting out of the house and jumping into the car, you can waste several minutes frantically searching.
Or, if you’re like me and have a three year old, then you’ll have to pass the car keys to him and stand there for ages in the freezing cold, waiting for him to put the key in the lock and turn it – all to avoid a tantrum in the middle of the street – why did I not invest in a key fob?
Have you ever imagined what life might be like if you did not need car keys at all? Already the latest cars are being made with keyless entry which means that if your car keys are somewhere on your persona, then your car will find them and click open its locks automatically. You can then lay the keys somewhere within the cabin to enable you to trigger the engine.
This invention has certainly made life easier, but it still means that we require keys to actually get into the car and drive off – we just don’t need them to fit into a lock. However, all this could be set to change thanks to a team of Japanese scientists from Tokyo’s Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology who have developed a new car seat which recognises a driver’s unique bottom print!
Biometric security systems are mainly used to measure unique, unchangeable ‘markers’ such as fingerprints, but recently, scientists have identified another use for them. Biometric scanners can now actually used to read our rear ends, or more specifically, the way we sit down.
Since this discovery, scientists in Japan have devised a chair which measures 360 pressure points in the bottom to build up a 3D profile of how someone sits, so that it can identify exactly who is sitting on a seat with 98 per cent accuracy.
This type of discovery is revolutionary as it could mean we could say goodbye to car keys forever. The new car seat can easily be created by simply fitting pressure sensors inside a normal car seat therefore scientists predict that it could be in productions cars as early as 2014.
Bearing this in mind, it may well be time to shape up your back side and get ready to be scanned!