Biometric ATM Reads Palms, Not Debit CardsS

Want some cash in Gifu Prefecture, Japan? Come September, you'll be able to just press some flesh with one of Ogaki Kyoritsu Bank's biometric ATMs to access your accounts.

These are expected to be the first biometric-only teller machines in Japan. The technology is already employed by some other banks but in conjunction with a card. OKB customers will have to register their biometric data with the bank beforehand but will be able to get cash with just a hand swipe.

Unfortunately there is precisely zero chance of this technology coming to America. Why? Take a look at your nearest municipal bus, your closest pay phone booth, the underside of the nearest desk. Americans are some unsanitary people and anything that requires physical contact like that is guaranteed to be covered with an unknown slimy substance almost immediately. And nobody wants to stick their hand in that. [Nikkei via Engadget - Image: Ford Prefect / Shutterstock]