"Of the three forms of identification we have in the states--the other two being the passport and driver's license--[the Social Security card is] the one that unlocks your life," says Frog designer Laura Richardson. To that end the design firm presents the Troika, an aluminum SS card with a multifunctional screen.
"By combining the familiarity and proportions of a standard ID card with the durability of a water-resistant, flexible screen and the security of biometrics, [a card like this] could revolutionize the future of identification," says Richardson.
Two things are of note here: One, this is a concept design only, cooked up specifically for a Forbes.com "Special Report on Identity." Two, it is ironic that while this card is intended to be a superior vehicle for the delivery of crucial information, the very article that presents it provides no legend or explanation of those five numbers on the photo above. But from what we gather, it's like this:
1. Thumbprint reader, or thumbprint storage pad to be scanned by a reader?
2. Changing screen
3. Buttons that change the screen from SS to Driver's License to Passport
4. Some type of protective rim
5. Aluminum body