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New breakthrough could signify the death of the iPhone home button

Dedicated Fingerprint sensors and physical home buttons might just become a thing of the past. A new breakthrough tech developed by Security technology firm Sonavation intelligently deploys ultraso

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Dedicated Fingerprint sensors and physical home buttons might just become a thing of the past. A new breakthrough tech developed by Security technology firm Sonavation intelligently deploys ultrasonic biometric sensors under Gorilla Glass displays, which can read fingerprints easily.

The 3D scanning technology can detect a fingerprint with equal accuracy even when it is oily, dirty or wet. The specifics behind the tech are sparse but Sonavation claims that the sensors are ‘capable of capturing fingerprint data into the ridges and valleys’. It claims that this ‘technology provides a level of identification and authentication security that up until this time has not been possible’.

The company’s CTO Rainer Schmitt sheds light on how this new tech is noteworthy. “The ultrasound fingerprint sensor design is well suited for through the glass fingerprinting and specifically architected to deliver advanced security and ease-of-integration into mobile and IoT devices.”

“With this break-through, we can now provide value-added biometric solutions that are more manufacturable, secure and accurate than today’s capacitive options and allow for practical use in a vast range of biometric applications,” he added.

Needless to say, the tech is still work in progress and may take a while before it reaches commercial status. Also, what happens after Gorilla Glass is replaced with sapphire in the future? In any case, this tech could effectively bid goodbye to dedicated fingerprint sensors embedded inside home buttons on iPhones and many Android phones.

  • Published Date: July 22, 2015 6:18 PM IST