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Sonovation announces the world's first display-mounted fingerprint sensors

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Sonovation announces the world's first display-mounted fingerprint sensors
Remember a few months ago when it was discovered that Apple is looking to integrate fingerprint readers in the display, somewhere between the touch panel and the display glass? Well, it turns out that another, much smaller company, claims to have beaten Apple to the punch. Sonovation, a company that specializes in ultrasound biometrics, has just announced that it has figured out a way to embed 3D fingerprint sensors in the Corning Gorilla glass.

According to Karl Weintz, CEO at Sonovation, the technology will allow smartphone makers to significantly cut the costs involved with integrating a fingerprint reader in their handsets. For one, the need for a physical home button, the place where most smartphone-mounted fingerprint sensors currently reside, could be eliminated, although smartphone manufacturers might decide to integrate physical buttons for other purposes, such as design and functionality.

Another major advantage that fingerprint sensors that bond with the Gorilla Glass will bring to the table has to do with the space that current-generation fingerprint readers take up. As the Sonovation's fingerprint sensors will be embedded in the glass, this could save precious space, especially on smaller device form factors such as wearables.

Sonovation says that its fingerprint detection technology works seamlessly even with moist, dirty, or oily fingers. Unfortunately, we'll have to test-drive the tech for ourselves before validating that everything works as smoothly as on the Apple iPhone 6 or the Samsung Galaxy S6, smartphones that use touch-based fingerprint readers integrated in the physical home button.

At the moment, Sonovation's technology only works with Corning Gorilla Glass, and there's no word yet on a potential expansion to compatibility with other types of display protection glass. This might seem like a limitation at first, but as fingerprint readers are usually equipped on high-end smartphones, ones that usually come with Corning Gorilla Glass anyway, this doesn't seem to be a cause of concern.

What do you guys think of Sonovation new technology? If it works as advertised, will this open the door towards more secure smartphones altogether?

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posted on 22 Jul 2015, 05:27

1. shaineql (Posts: 421; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)

Hmm , cool

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 08:35

9. Ruturaj (Posts: 1482; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

No one heard of qualcomm Sense ID???

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 08:52

10. FluffyBled (Posts: 541; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

Sense ID doesn't implement in the screen itself ... it needs a dedicated space AKA the home button!

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 15:21 1

15. Ruturaj (Posts: 1482; Member since: 16 Oct 2014)

It's ultrasonic sensor, won't need a dedicated home button.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 05:32 13

2. FluffyBled (Posts: 541; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)

Wait for apple to buy the whole company ... and call it their innovation!

Anyway ... quite cool!

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 05:38

3. eviatar (Posts: 18; Member since: 20 Jul 2015)

Nexus 5 2015 video in YouTube:
Just replace the "htp" to "http" because I can't write url(I here just 2 days)
I already send tip

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 05:45 1

4. carlemillward (unregistered)

May the wealthiest company win the acquisition...

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 07:11 5

5. tedkord (Posts: 13870; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Let's hope not, because the wealthiest company will take their new ball and go home.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 07:23

8. TBomb (Posts: 840; Member since: 28 Dec 2012)

i lol at the truth.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 10:08

13. Phonewbie (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Feb 2015)

The most clever statement i've heard here in a while. You didn't even start a fanboy war. Great job!

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 07:20 2

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 4960; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)

I think the tech is definitely cool, but I'm still not comfortable encoding my fingerprint.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 07:22 1

7. rency0722 (Posts: 158; Member since: 12 Jun 2013)

Maybe this is the answer to Sony's long time waiting of the fingerprint scanner embedded on a display.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 09:56

11. talon95 (Posts: 737; Member since: 31 Jul 2012)

Sweet. As long as they keep it and license it to everyone.
Will work well on watches. It should unlock and launch a different app with each finger, or pair of fingers.
Along with integrated SIM cards, non replaceable batteries, and the new theft lock legislation, we should see a lot less stolen devices.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 10:00

12. tomn1ce (Posts: 228; Member since: 12 Mar 2012)

This sounds good that means hopefully Samsung can get rid of the home button and use that space for front facing speakers. Assuming that Apple doesn't steps in and buys out the company and doesn't let anyone use that tech.

posted on 22 Jul 2015, 10:39

14. kent-gaga (Posts: 572; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)

lol the company's name is SONAVATION, PA
No wonder why I can't Google that company until I click on the source link

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