Fingerprint Sensors were a novelty when they first came into the smartphone market. However, as time progressed and people adopted the technology enthusiastically, they became part of the norm.
These days, any new smartphone that is released into the market has to have a fingerprint sensor in it. While different companies have different shapes and sizes for these sensors, there is still one factor that remains common in all of them; the fact that all these sensors come installed in a physical button.
While the requirement of a physical button wasn’t a big deal while this technology was being developed, since then however the market has changed. Now every company is trying to find a way to remove the physical button, thereby opening up the potential of making truly waterproof and scratch resistant phones.
In a bid to further that cause, LG Innotek, a subsidiary of LG Electronics, has come up with a brand new fingerprint sensor, which can be embedded underneath the glass touchscreen, thus removing the necessity for a physical button.
Now that the need for a physical button is removed, smartphone manufacturers will have a lot more freedom when it comes to placement of the fingerprint sensors on the phone. Since this new sensor already has a 99.998% accuracy rate for fingerprint identification, it won’t be a compromise on traditional sensors, rather an improvement.
We still don’t know if and when LG and other smartphone manufacturers will adopt this technology into their smartphones, but the fact that this technology exists, and is ready for use, gives us great hope for the future.