Fingerprint-Reading Cellphones Coming in 2013
More cellphones, tablets and laptops may be able to recognize their owners by their fingerprints this year.
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More cellphones may check their users' fingerprints as soon as this year. An unnamed Japanese electronics company plans to sell a phone with fingerprint-reading technology in the third quarter — the spring and summer — of this year, Bloomberg reported.
Phones could use fingerprints as a super-secure login, or to add a layer of security to payments and other sensitive transactions people make on their phones.
The Bloomberg report came from Fingerprint Cards, a Swedish fingerprint biometrics company, which also said it received orders from three Japanese phone makers at the end of 2012. One of the orders was for at least a million phones, Bloomberg reported. Fingerprint Cards didn't name its customers.
Fingerprint-reading technology may show up in several new gadgets this year. TechNewsDaily sister site Laptopmag saw a prototype Fujitsu phone with fingerprint security last February. In July 2012, Apple bought AuthenTec, a company that makes fingerprint software for phones as well as other high-tech cellphone components, such as near-field communication chips.
For those who would like a fingerprint-reading cellphone now, there's the Motorola Atrix MB860.