Your smartphone in the near future could make an identity check to see the user – who may access your mobile phone, that is – using an advanced fingerprint-scanning feature built on your device’s screen.
The Unwired View website today said Sony has filed a patent for the fingerprint-checking innovation with the US Patent and Trademark office.
The company however did not indicate when the feature would usher in, saying only that the new system plans to do the identity check through the front screen of a mobile device through what it calls light transmissive displays, allowing sensors to work through the screens.
It revealed that graphics would inform users where to put their fingers once identification started.
Industry observers at Unwired View noted that Sony’s patent is not the first to apply for a fingerprint-identification feature.
They mentioned Motorola Atrix smartphone released last year, which carried a biometric scanner that works as a lock, however, it is at the back of the unit.
In its patent application, Sony pointed out that an identification device situated at the front of the smartphone would simplify the process, allowing even new users unfamiliar with the print authentication process to manipulate the system readily.
The new Sony patent is a variation of the so-called near field communication (NFC) technology already used in certain systems such as credit cards, where security is necessary.