Gadget of the week

April 4th, 2008


So much for begging your friend at work to punch in for you while you’re doing something more important elsewhere. Still doesn’t solve the problem of walking out the back door after you’ve punched in.

But now an increasing number of places – from Dunkin’ Donuts to The New York City Parks Department – are installing biometric time clocks such as the one above, where employees must have their fingerprints scanned when they start and leave work.

According to USA Today, some employees are annoyed at this new development and say they feel spied on. But employers feel it boosts productivity, and consulting firm The International Biometric Group estimates that this industry will be worth more than $1 billion by 2011.

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