AuthenTec's pint-sized, $10 USB fingerprint reader
While fingerprint-reading security peripherals aren't exactly the new kids on the block, the latest offering from AuthenTec has two distinct things going for it - its compact size and its US$10 launch price. The Eikon mini is Mac and PC compatible, has a built-in USB connector and when plugged in, measures just 0.6 x 0.75 x by 0.5 inches (15 x 19 x 13 mm).
Designed to be carried in your pocket or remain plugged in to notebooks and tablets (at least those tablets with a USB port), the Eikon mini uses AuthenTec's TrueSuite fingerprint sensor software to provide access security, password management, secure web browsing and, for the PC version, file/folder lock.
The Eikon mini is currently available from AuthenTec for US$9.95.
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Beware! This thing really screwed up my PC. To access their user forum you have to register... but you CAN'T register and they appear to have no tech support. Too bad, it looked good.
Oh dang, this is freakin cool! and for 10 BUCKS! and to think they are selling a typical fingerprint reader like these for who knows how much! Thanks for the info
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