Sony Puppy thru 'hi' object

    Jul 02 2006 | 6:33 pm
    I have the option of buying this sony fingerprinter thing, for like $25...
    But I REALLY want to use it as a human interface device....
    I wonder if anyone here has used one, or connected to the hi object.
    I think it would be really cool, considering you could alter a performance based on the fingerprint info...
    ANY experience with this thing??

    • Jul 03 2006 | 10:40 am
    • Jul 03 2006 | 3:05 pm
      Ok, heres another question....
      I hooked the device up, didnt show in the hi menu.
      Does anyone think that if I load up the software, will it make a difference?
      Im not gonna bother if the concensus is that it WONT work.
      This thing is looking less attractive by the second.
    • Jul 03 2006 | 5:07 pm
      That depends a great deal on what the intended use of the software is: For instance, the "software" for the Griffin Powermate makes it output ascii - IOW: A very good thing for maxing...
    • Jul 03 2006 | 5:30 pm
      from what i know of the puppy, is that its meant to interface with the authentication subsystem of OS X, act as a 'login hook' for the login window and be highly secure. Id suspect if it is designed well, the information the device driver is handing off to the OS would be highly secure and obfuscated - otherwise, if you think about it, wouldnt it defeat the purpose?
      who'd buy a fingerprint ID system to secure their infrastructure if any old Max/MSP hack could intercept the data? ;)
      no clue if im right, but just a hunch. Id seriously doubt its HID compliant.
      im sure there is a software dev kit however for it. Might want to check that out.
      v a d e //
    • Jul 03 2006 | 8:46 pm
      damn Vade! I know you were being helpful, but your post make me spit my coffee all over my keyboard [laughing]. The way I see it, you owe me for one cleaning maid!!
    • Jul 03 2006 | 9:33 pm
      well, keep in mind, its a sony consumer product...
      so how "secure" it really is, is probably in question. They dont seem to have much luck in the security dept, if their cd/dvd copy technology is ANY indicator.
      Also, this little piece o' shit was never very expensive, and I seriously doubt it was popular.
      But based on your comment, I am going to forgo buying it.
      One thing I DONT want to do, is load some bunk security software on my machine and get locked out, because of Sony's crappy tech.
      Thanks everyone! Joe
    • Jul 03 2006 | 10:53 pm
      but you can use it for sure with [110.panther] - it is a complete and bootable (!) OS X 10.4 emulation object which can emulate OS X right inside MAX.
      with kind regards yours
      -Max, Moritz, and Puppi (a.k.a 1, 1, and 0)
    • Jul 04 2006 | 12:17 am
      110.tiger you mean.
      panther was 10.3 ;)
      v a d e //
    • Jul 04 2006 | 3:36 pm
      ok, I know its the 4th, but could you explain what [110.tiger] is?
      I dont really get it an object?
      Im good and lost now!
      Thanks for all the responses!