CMU Startup Wants to Retire Your Wallet

Imagine a world where all the contents in your wallet could fit on your fingerprint. It might be coming soon.

CMU student startup uses bio-based tech for ID cards and payments
You know that movie scene when someone’s using their fingerprint to enter a restricted room that everyone so desperately wants to get into? Well, Carnegie Mellon University’s PayTango, a Greenlighting Startups initiative member, may soon be at the forefront of producing such technology. The company’s four founders — seniors in programs like industrial design and information systems — turned their frustration from digging through bags to find student ID and debit cards into an idea for a new ID and payment system that uses your fingerprint. This may seem like some 007 stuff, but it’s actually not that far-fetched and is garnering national attention from investors (and investors means free access for all of us). The technology already launched in CMU dining spots and is expected to be used at gyms, retailers and other college campuses soon. Just think: You could register any card ranging from an ID card to loyalty rewards cards and never actually need to take them out of your wallet again (or possibly get rid of them).

GCC works to finish Stem Hall construction
Recently, Grove City College proudly announced that STEM Hall will officially open its doors in August. The facility will become the new home for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) — putting GCC at the front of science and engineering programs at liberal arts institutions by allowing advancements in research, interdisciplinary studies and equipment, plus workspace expansion. The new building will feature a 110-seat lecture hall, various labs, a vivarium, faculty offices and a conference room.

Celebrations of art and information abound to bid farewell to April (and for most students, class).

West Virginia University
Wednesday, 7 to 8:30 p.m.; free
The 19th annual Bennett Careers for Chemists Program at the Evansdale campus’ Erickson Alumni Center will explore career opportunities in chemistry outside beakers and lab coats through discussion with three professionals.

Point Park University
Friday, 12 to 5 p.m.; free
Stanford University assistant professor of history and Demons of Urban Reform author Laura Stokes will headline the fourth annual Humanities and Human Sciences Symposium at PPU, which also features the work of undergraduates from various disciplines.

Seton Hill University
Through Saturday
SHU’s Theatre and Dance Program presents D.W. Gregory’s Salvation Road, a story about a younger brother trying to save his missing older sister from an extreme religious experience, at the William Granger Ryan Theatre in Greensburg.

Grove City College
Monday, 7 p.m., free
Lauded Accuracy in Media speaker Charles Wiley — who’s known for his lifelong national and international reporting career, various books and photography — will present on “Modern Youth Culture” in Sticht Lecture Hall.

University of Pittsburgh
Through Wednesday
Help students in the Marketing & Social Media Strategy course (in the Katz School of Business) raise funds for Food Revolution Pittsburgh’s Cooking Club; money raised will go toward the purchase of utensils for area high-schoolers.

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