Fingerprint Cards (FPC) sent out a press release today announcing what they claim to be the world’s first capacitive touch fingerprint scanner for Android. The information given in the press release wasn’t very helpful. Most of it was information we already know about the technology and its uses. What I’m trying to figure out is how this exactly differs from the Motorola Atrix’s fingerprint sensor or even that of the HTC Max. And the only thing I could think of is that the Atrix was not capacitive touch, other than that it seems it’s the same kind of tech found in the Atrix and iPhone 5s.
Jӧrgen Lantto, Executive Vice President, CTO and Head of Strategy and Product Management at FPC
“ FPC1020 will enable smartphone and tablet OEMs to offer consumers a compelling user experience combining great convenience and security with excellent performance and appealing design. There is an overwhelming demand from the leading OEMs to integrate touch fingerprint sensors into mobile devices and we are delighted to respond to this strong demand by introducing the first capacitive touch fingerprint sensor optimized for mobile devices using Android. Our core fingerprint sensor technology has since a long time delivered the best performance in the industry for both touch and swipe sensors and this has enabled FPC1020 to be uniquely positioned to drive the adoption of touch fingerprint sensors into Android based smartphones and tablets “ .
Now let’s see which OEM’s will pick this tech up to compete with Apple’s iPhone. What do you think? Fingerprint scanners. Gimmick or useful security tool?