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How can electronic devices tell us apart? There’s fingerprints, iris scans, and face recognition, to name a few. Now some researchers at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology, in Tokyo, say they’ve developed a flexible sheet of pressure sensors that can accurately identify a person by the imprint of his or her posterior on, say, the driver’s seat of a car.
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Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.