Smartphone security continues to be an aspect which is currently seeing massive development. As the likes of fingerprint, eye and even ear identification continue to come as standard on smartphones, this is an industry which is only going to continue to be refined going forward. Of the options currently available, fingerprint sensors is by far the most prevalent with a number of handsets coming boasting a fingerprint sensor either located on the home button, side button, frame or back of the handset. Wherever it is positioned, the one commonality is its placement as part of a button of some sort.
However, two companies are looking to change this, as Fingerprint Cards has today announced that in collaboration with TPK, they have developed the use of fingerprint sensor technology which does not need to be embedded in a button at all. In fact, their use of fingerprint identification is designed to be placed underneath glass, allowing for the user to simply press on the glass where the sensor is located and activate the feature.
Of course, the immediate benefit of the technology is that smartphones which do not make use of a physical home button can still make use of the fingerprint identification technology and have it embedded underneath the front panel. The sensor which is referred to as an 'FPC 1268' module will at the very least, offer manufacturers a way to design smartphones with design in mind. In short, they will not specifically have to think about 'where do we place the fingerprint sensor' and instead can focus on the design and incorporate the technology into any glass aspect of the smartphone. Or of course, create a glass oriented home button for added style. According to the details, the durability of the glass is unlikely to make too much difference, as this has been developed to work with hardened glass, which will allow for devices to come boasting better protected displays and also housing the sensor. In terms of when you might be likely to see a smartphone sporting the FPC 1268, look for smartphones in the second half of this year. In the meantime, you can check out the video highlighting the use of the sensor below.