Atmel Corp. and Bionopoly LLC’s FingerGear division on Monday introduced the
Bio USB Flash Drive. The Flash-based thumbdrive storage device uses fingerprint recognition technology to secure data. It connects to the computer using USB 2.0. The Bio USB Flash Drive is available initially in 256MB capacities for US$149.
The Bio USB Flash Drive touts an LCD display that steps users through a setup mode, in which you train the device to recognize your finger. A push button on the device lets you add and delete up to five additional users and create a one-time password. You simply plug in the drive to a USB port and set it up; no software is required, so it works the same on Mac OS X, Linux and Windows operating systems.
Included with the Bio USB Flash Drive is an extension cable and lanyard. The company also makes available a Fingerprint Passcode Generator Server Application Programming Interface (API) that can be integrated into SQL databases. Also included is Windows-only FingerGear Encryptor utility, which adds AES 256-bit drag and drop encryption.