Hand Could Hold Key
Law enforcement agents in Michigan approached computer science professor Anil Jain last month to ask him to create a 3D-printed replica of a dead man’s finger. The officers need the prosthetic digit to try and unlock the murder victim’s smartphone, because it is protected by a fingerprint instead of a password. Police believe that if they can open the phone, they can discover who carried out the murder.
Prof Jain’s lab has developed a technique that can transform fingerprint scans into fake fingertips that can fool sensors on smartphones.
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