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Watch: In-Screen Fingerprint Scanner That Never Made It To iPhone X, Galaxy S8
By Yoon Sann Wong, 10 Jan 2018
At this year’s CES 2018 event, Jessica Dolcourt from CNET had the pleasure of experiencing a hands-on with the “world’s first” in-screen fingerprint scanner, a technology that was anticipated for Apple’s iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy S8.
To activate, the user simply needs to press his or her finger on the phone’s screen—at the location where the conventional ‘Home’ button would be. The sensor, made by Synaptics, illuminates your finger before an image of your digit is sent to an optical image sensor hidden beneath the display.
The visual is fed into an AI processor that’s programed to recognize 300 various characteristics of your digit, such as the closeness of the ridges on your finger.
Synaptics demonstrated the scanner using a ‘Vivo’ phone—named after its Chinese manufacturer—that’s still without an official name, price, and release date.
With this new technology costing more to manufacture, it’ll likely reach premium phones first, and is predicted by Dolcourt to become one of 2018’s major smartphone trends, starting with the upcoming Samsung Note 9.
Watch the video below to see how it works in real life.
[via CNET, video via CNET, image via video screenshot]
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