Fingerprint ID smartphone patent filed by Sony

Technology that could allow smart mobile phone users to scan their fingerprints through their screens as a form of identity could soon be made available.

Sony has filed papers to the US Patent and Trademark Office to use the technology it suggests would be carried out at the front of the device, which is different to the Motorola Atrix, which has a scanner on the back.

This is not the only patent to have recently been filed in the US as Nokia confirmed it had applied for accreditation for a design that would see vibrating magnetic tattoos alerting smartphone users to phone calls and text messages.

Sony has not yet given any indication as to when it might introduce the feature on its devices.

“[It would] allow even a user who is not familiar with the fingerprint authentication to readily execute an input manipulation for the fingerprint authentication,” the patent document says.

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