Fingerprint sensors are becoming more commonplace. Just about everyone is joining the bandwagon, from Apple and Samsung to Huawei and LG. Fingerprint sensors aren’t that new, the Motorola Atrix was one of the first mobile phones to incorporate the idea. But since the Atrix, fingerprint sensors have remained a hardware feature that you can visibly see. Now LG Innotek and Fingerprint Cards are unveiling a new possibility for fingerprint sensors embedded into the screen itself. The idea of the sensor being integrated into the glass isn’t a new discussion. If you’re into the whole smartphone scene you’ve likely had a conversation where the idea has come up.
LG Innotek says the new sensors are just as much for a clean design look on a device as they are for function. For example, not having a physical button would allow for better waterproofing of the device and give better scratch protection. Furthermore the new fingerprint sensors can be placed just about anywhere on the device not just the bottom lip or back of the device. LG Innotek also claims this new sensor is far more accurate than the hardware sensors on the market today.
At the same time, the new module secured the fingerprint recognition accuracy compared to the button type. The new module has a false acceptance rate (FAR) of 0.002%. The FAR is the probability that the system falsely recognizes someone else’s biometric information as that of the user.
The debate over whether or not biometric security is better than a pin or password still continues and will likely continue on for the foreseeable future. For now, this new technology is exactly what us mobile technology geeks love to read about even if it isn’t perfect.
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