Your Finger is the Key

In collaboration with Bundesdruckerei GmbH, Design Research Lab researches a topic “Biometrics as Authentication Method”: its acceptance, limits and possibilities.
In the project “Your Finger is a Key” we look into different scenarios and modifications of an innovative fingerprint card that works in combination with a card reader. The aim is to explore together with potential users in participatory design activities different features of the card – its shape and direction, placement of a fingerprint sensor, LEDs and a PIN pad as well as LED feedback – and to adjust these details according to the requirements.
We build for this purpose various low-fi prototypes of the card as well as LED animations. Afterwards we test and discuss them in diverse situations (while acting out different possible scenarios) during iterative workshops with users. In addition, workshop participants create in co-design activities own versions of a fingerprint card.