New Microsoft Keyboard Has FPC Fingerprint Sensor Embedded in a Key

“…it features an invisible fingerprint reader embedded in one of the Windows keys, allowing users to authenticate via the Windows Hello biometric security platform of the Windows 10 operating system.”

Microsoft has unveiled the world’s first keyboard to feature a fingerprint sensor embedded in a key, with biometric technology provided by Fingerprint Cards.

New Microsoft Keyboard Has FPC Fingerprint Sensor Embedded in a KeyIt’s called the Modern Keyboard, and it’s an otherwise normal-looking, if sleek, keyboard peripheral; in fact, as The Verge notes, its design appears identical to that of Microsoft’s previously released Surface Keyboard. But it features an invisible fingerprint reader embedded in one of the Windows keys, allowing users to authenticate via the Windows Hello biometric security platform of the Windows 10 operating system.

The sensor being used is the FPC1025, a Fingerprint Cards sensor model that has seen many smartphone integrations. For FPC, it’s another important step into the PC market, into which it is aiming for a dramatic expansion; the Modern Keyboard integration comes soon after another FPC sensor was integrated into a new convertible tablet notebook from Huawei.

It’s also another sign of the growing prominence of biometric authentication in PCs, a trend rising in the wake of a biometric revolution in mobile devices over the last few years.

Source: The Verge