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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

But do they wear the funny caps?

Non-technical aside: for all those who rave about Hooters girls, I have to say that their uniform is the second least sexiest uniform known to humankind. The least sexy uniform is the one worn by employees of Hot Dog on a Stick.

I mention this in case the fast food firm decides to file trademark infringement charges against Computer-On-a-Stick, the Fingergear product:

The Computer-On-a-Stick (COS) is a USB Flash Drive featuring its own onboard Operating System, a Microsoft Office-compatible suite, PDF Creator, and tons more...

The Computer-On-a-Stick also boasts the powerful Mozilla Firefox Web Browser, Evolution email, and Yahoo & MSN compatible Instant Messenger for superior Internet connectivity

Plug the Computer-On-a-Stick into your PC or Laptop and instantly transform your old environment into a new and powerful secure workstation - without a hard disk!

The combination of low cost and a powerful Onboard Operating System opens up a whole new paradigm of computing. Users get all the benefits of a thin client solution without changing their existing PC hardware or software....


High Speed (USB 2.0)
Ultra Fast System Startup with USB 2.0
Shutdown within seconds
Web, email and remote server or PC access
Non-volatile Flash memory for all stored data.
Capacities: 256MB, 512MB, 1G, 2G, 4G, up to 8 Gigabytes!
Compression utility with password protection
No hard disk required

Software Specification

Linux 2.6.x Series Kernel
Gnome GUI Desktop
Latest Mozilla Firefox Web Browser
OpenOffice Productivity Suite, including the following applications:
Word Processing
Vector Drawings
Slide Presentations
Evolution Email
Gaim Instant Messaging Client - compatible with MSN Messenger, Yahoo IM, AIM, ICQ, IRC, and more.
Remote Access Applications (SSH, VNC, RDP)
PDF Creator/Viewer & Postscript Viewer
Automatic Network Configuration - DHCP

The setup and usage instructions are here (PDF).

The Fingergear people are in the process of introducing their biometrically-enabled product, BIO Computer-On-a-Stick:

The Bio Computer-On-a-Stick with LCD is a USB Flash Drive equipped with Onboard Fingerprint Authentication as well as an Onboard Operating System featuring a full suite of Microsoft Office-compatible applications. With its own LCD to guide you through fingerprint setup and operation, The Bio COS is among the most secure portable computing devices available anywhere....


High Speed USB 2.0
Simple LCD Setup & Operation
Fingerprint Authentication in < 2 Seconds
Up to 1:10000 False Acceptance Rate
One Admin and up to 5 additional users per device
One-Time Passcode (OTP) Generator
Startup complete typically < 40 seconds of Power On
Shutdown in seconds
Configure to boot direct from USB drive without CD on many newer systems
Non-volatile Flash memory with write-protected OS
Compressed utility optimizes space & data protection
Share files easily using a ‘Public’ folder
No hard disk needed
1 Year Product Replacement Warranty....

Here's the press release for the latter product:

August 1,2005

FingerGear™ Announces USB Flash Drive with Onboard Fingerprint Authentication Featuring Atmel's FingerChip, AES Encryption, and LCD Display
Secure Storage Device Also Generates One-Time Passwords

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., and SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 1 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/Atmel(R) Corporation (Nasdaq: ATML), a global leader in the development and fabrication of advanced semiconductor solutions and FingerGear(TM), the newly formed consumer products division of biometrics technology leader Bionopoly LLC, announced today the immediate availability of a new biometric USB Flash Drive featuring software-free operation and a large font LCD display for the ultimate user-friendly experience. The Bio USB Flash Drive, which features the Atmel FingerChip(TM) Sensor, also includes the built-in capability of generating a One-Time Password from a fingerprint match. Because no software is required to run on the host PC, FingerGear's(TM) Bio USB is truly portable and cross platform compatible among Windows, Macintosh, and Linux machines that have a standard USB port. The onboard LCD display screen guides the user through Setup mode in which the user trains the device to recognize his or her finger. In addition, a push button on the device enables the user to enter into other modes including Add User, Delete User, and One-Time Password Generation. Up to 5 additional users may be added per device.

With unit projections for USB Flash Drives as high as 100 Million or greater for 2005* and average storage capacities exceeding 256MB*, the trend towards USB storage devices with value-added software is only beginning to accelerate. Users are increasingly demanding greater security as potential network hackers become more sophisticated. To further protect the user's data, FingerGear's Bio USB Flash Drive also features the FingerGear Encryptor, a 256-bit AES encryption utility (currently for Windows only) that runs directly from the flash drive that provides the user with an additional layer of personal data security. Files are encrypted or decrypted instantly through Drag and Drop functionality.

"Using an onboard LCD, the Bio USB user interface is completely independent of the host," explained Bionopoly's C.E.O. Jon Louis. "The result is that the FingerGear Bio USB is not only more portable, but also more secure. Your fingerprint data is never exposed on the host PC because it never leaves the device, and no trace of any kind is left on the host once the device is unplugged."

Data is protected by Atmel's FingerChip(TM) combining small size, low cost, high accuracy, low power consumption and portability for proven system security benefits.

The Bio USB ships with a USB extension cable and lanyard. Users train the device the first time simply by plugging it into any USB port and swiping their finger several times following the instructions displayed on the LCD. Database administrators who wish to take advantage of the device's One-Time Passcode Generating capabilities should visit the FingerGear website (http://www.fingergear.com) to learn more about the Fingerprint Passcode Generator Server API, which can be integrated into the most common SQL databases.

About FingerGear
FingerGear is the newly launched consumer products division of Bionopoly LLC. Bionopoly is an innovator and leader in the field of low cost biometrics and data security. Bionopoly is a privately held company located in Silicon Valley, CA. To learn more about Bionopoly’s technology, please visit the Bionopoly website at http://www.bionopoly.com. To purchase FingerGear products, please visit http://www.fingergear.com.

About Atmel
Atmel is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacture of microcontrollers, advanced logic, mixed-signal, nonvolatile memory and radio frequency (RF) components. Leveraging one of the industry's broadest intellectual property (IP) technology portfolios, Atmel is able to provide the electronics industry with complete system solutions. Focused on consumer, industrial, security, communications, computing and automotive markets, Atmel ICs can be found Everywhere You Are(R).

(C) Atmel Corporation 2005. All rights reserved. Atmel(R), logo and combinations thereof, Everywhere You Are(R) and others, are registered trademarks or trademarks of Atmel Corporation or its subsidiaries. Other terms and product names may be trademarks of others.

* Semico Research, Web-Feet Research


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