Touchscreen stickers let you use your phone’s fingerprint recognition functionality while wearing gloves

November 10, 2016 - 

A new set of touchscreen stickers with unique fingerprints can transform a regular pair of gloves into touchscreen gloves, allowing users to unlock any mobile device with fingerprint recognition functionality, according to a report by Gizmodo.

According to its Kickstarter campaign page, “Taps is made with an extremely adhesive conductive material that can be applied to any surface for touch capability.”

The creators claim that the touchscreen stickers “are formulated to stick and stay on almost any surface and guaranteed to work on all touchscreen devices.”

Once users have applied the textured sticker to the tip of their glove, they will be required to register them as an approved fingerprint via their device’s security settings.

The creators state that every Taps sticker features nanoparticle technology that uses an individual and unique artificial print ensuring that only the registered user’s gloves can access the device.

However, anyone can still potentially steal the gloves themselves to later access your device so there are arguably some significant security risks involved.

The Taps stickers are currently available through a Kickstarter campaign with delivery expected before the end of the year if it reaches its funding goal and there are no major production issues.

Campaign supporters will receive four Taps (two fingers on each glove) when they make an $8 early bird contribution.

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