Forget fingerprints, real innovation is about brains

Apple has been getting it in the neck for installing an ancient gimmick onto its new breed of iPhones.

Motorola tweeted that the idea was daft. “Remember that one time you were stoked to give your fingerprints? Us either,” the tweet reads. It clearly forgot 2011 when it issued a smartphone which could read fingerprints which failed. However, it did have a point. Fingerprint scanning out of date, no matter how polished.

Isao Nakanishi and his colleagues in the graduate school of engineering at Japan’s Tottori University have developed a prototype for a safety system that uses brain waves to work out who you are.

According to Mashable, Nakanishi’s system takes samples of brain waves from a driver and stores them in a database. If a vehicle begins moving and the driver’s brain waves don’t match those on file, the vehicle is disabled.

His system can also tell if a driver is drunk or falling asleep, since brain waves in those circumstances vary significantly from samples taken when a motorist is fully awake and sober.

It is still in the pilot stages and the system is ultimately intended for use on mass transit vehicles or on those that carry large sums of money or valuables.

But if Apple had been ahead on the ID game, it could have been looking at brainwaves instead of fingerprints. We guess that it is worried that anyone who is daft enough to buy its products when they don’t add much to them is not going to have a brain to wave.