fingerprint sensors

Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics USB fingerprint scanner gives any PC biometric security

Synaptics is a name known to many in the industry as a company specializing in interface controllers, like laptop touchpads and mobile touchscreens. Lately, it has also been raising its profile in the biometrics markets, making such technology more accessible to device manufacturers and, therefore, users. Last February it announced a fingerprint sensor small enough to fit under a smartphone volume button. At Computex last week, it unveiled a fingerprint USB module that can give any desktop or laptop better security features.

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Acer’s new Windows 10 notebooks tote fingerprint scanners

Acer’s new Windows 10 notebooks tote fingerprint scanners

Microsoft introduced Windows Hello as the blanket term to cover its biometrics-based security system that launched together with Windows 10. While fingerprint scanners were starting to become commonplace in smartphones, few laptops, and even fewer desktops, sported such sensors. So at launch, Microsoft went with using face and iris detection to demonstrate Windows Hello. With Acer's latest Windows 10 laptops, however, Microsoft is starting to put the focus on our fingers, advertising the ability securely and quickly log into those notebooks using only your finger.

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Windows 10 Mobile will soon have fingerprint support

Windows 10 Mobile will soon have fingerprint support

Some time this summer, Microsoft will add fingerprint support to Windows 10 Mobile, giving mobile users another security option. Microsoft recently confirmed the planned fingerprint support at the WinHEC conference, saying that it’ll be available as part of Windows Hello, the Windows 10 feature in which a device recognizes its owner using facial recognition and more.

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LG’s fingerprint sensor hides under glass, eschews button

LG’s fingerprint sensor hides under glass, eschews button

LG might have just taken one step towards the envisioned future where the fingerprint scanner merges seamlessly with the display. Well, somewhat. LG still hasn't been able to throw away the bezels, but it is at least throwing away the home button. It is proudly announcing that it has successfully designed a buttonless fingerprint sensor module that can conveniently hide under the cover glass. This innovation allows not only for more freedom in terms of design but also better ingress protection for the sensor.

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Japan looks to fingerprint payment system for tourists

Japan looks to fingerprint payment system for tourists

Forget NFC, heck forget even plastic. Japan is going for fingerprint currency instead. Almost like a page out of a sci-fi novel, the Japanese government is eying the use of fingerprints to implement not just identification but also payment systems for tourists. This will practically fill in the need for tourists to present passports at hotels and inns as well as the need to use credit cards for purchases. Japan intends this sure to be contentious method as a way to increase the volume of tourists, in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralymic Games.

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Xiaomi Redmi 3 sighted at TENAA with fingerprint sensor

Xiaomi Redmi 3 sighted at TENAA with fingerprint sensor

Xiaomi might have just revealed its latest flagship, the Xiaomi Mi 5, but apparently it isn't done with its mid-range hero just yet. The Redmi 3 was announced barely 2 months ago but there might already be a new variant in the works. At least based on speculations from two smartphones spotted at China's TENAA certification office. Although unnamed, these two bare so much similarities with the Redmi 3, except in one aspect. They have fingerprint scanners on the back whereas the original doesn't.

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Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with fingerprint ID scanner released for Pro 3, 4

Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with fingerprint ID scanner released for Pro 3, 4

This morning Microsoft announced that they'd be releasing a Surface Pro 4 Type Cover with Fingerprint ID. This piece of equipment will give fingerprint scanning abilities to both the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Pro 3, in turn giving Windows Hello touch capability to both devices. This keyboard will otherwise work the same as the standard Type Cover.

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FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

FlexEnable’s sci-fi wearable previews a flexible display future

Flexible displays may be a mainstay of science-fiction, but it's only recently that they've started to filter through into production. FlexEnable hopes to overshadow Samsung's curved OLED with its own technology, relying on cheaper LCD panels that use plastic substrates rather than glass so as to be both more imaginatively-shaped and more resilient to impacts and other damage.

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New Synaptics fingerprint sensor can fit under a volume button

New Synaptics fingerprint sensor can fit under a volume button

Fingerprint scanners are really becoming sundry, to the point that even mid-range smartphones like the Nexus 5X and, the perhaps inappropriately nameed, Huawei 5x have them. But like any additional component, they do incur costs, not only in build materials but also in design changes, especially when one has to carve out space for the sensor on the back like Huawei's smartphones or force the addition of home button like HTC's. Synaptics' new FS4304 solves both situations because it is small enough to fit under a volume rocker.

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TappLock is a padlock with a fingerprint sensor to open

TappLock is a padlock with a fingerprint sensor to open

Now that we're living in the age of sufficient fingerprint sensors, devices like the TappLock are on the rise. The creators of the TappLock have embedded a fingerprint sensor (aka a fingerprint reader) into a padlock, allowing the user to do away with keys altogether. This system, they suggest, will allow you to "never worry about losing your keys, forgetting your combination code, or getting your locks picked again." That is, until the device's sensor malfunctions. But that'll never happen, right?

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