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Dunhill biometric wallet provides protection for the rich

by Steven Mostyn - Jan 31 2011, 09:46

A high price for pseudo security. Image: Dunhill.

A new biometric wallet unveiled by Dunhill may fall short of being a mobile Fort Knox, but it could still offer a degree of security for those affluent buyers with a desire to protect their money while out and about.

Beyond providing a leather haven for paper cash and loose coinage, the aptly named Dunhill Biometric Wallet belies its seemingly ordinary design thanks to the inclusion of a robust carbon fibre frame, a Bluetooth alarm, and a biometric finger reader.

So how does the tech wallet provide its owner with peace of mind? Well, when/if said wallet is stolen, the accompanying mobile phone Bluetooth alarm automatically activates once it has been carried more than five metres from the linked handset.

“This provides a brilliant warning if either the phone or wallet is stolen or misplaced,” trumpets the official Dunhill website.

Meanwhile, Dunhill also claims the wallet can only be opened via a swipe of the owner’s finger, and the “virtually indestructible” frame can withstand a pounding from any thief unable to perform an on-the-run amputation. 

Sadly however, while the idea of foiling pickpockets is certainly appealing, Dunhill’s wallet is only likely to find its way into the possession of those who wouldn’t really feel the financial impact of such theft—mainly because it costs a whopping $825 USD.

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