The U.S. Patent Office has published a new Samsung patent application that details a more rigorous fingerprint authentication system for mobile phones. The proposed system would be an evolution of the company’s existing in-display fingerprint recognition technology that uses three fingers and then supplements that scan with a personalized signature or gesture.
To use the system, the owner would first be asked to draw a simple shape on the screen (that would be the gesture). After that, the user would be able to draw that symbol again to indicate that they would like to move forward with a more traditional fingerprint recognition scan. The phone would then illuminate the parts of the screen that they need to touch to complete the scan, which would require three fingerprints instead of the more traditional one. Users could also place three fingers on the screen to show that they would like to perform a scan.
Samsung initially filed the patent in South Korea in January of 2019, and then filed it again in the U.S. in August of the same year. There is no telling if and when the system will make its way into a commercial product, although the company has featured in-display fingerprint technology in many of its latest smartphones, including is flagship Galaxy S20.
The company also recently filed a separate patent for a system that would reduce screen burn for in-display fingerprint recognition systems.
Source: Patently Apple
July 17, 2020 – by Eric Weiss