Purdue professor develops 3D image transmission technology

A Purdue University professor has developed a technology for transporting 3D data through phones, the Indianapolis Business Journal reports. The system, dubbed Holostream by inventor Song Zhang, drastically reduces the size of 3D video without major quality degradation to enable transmission within current bandwidth limitations. Zhang told the Journal that facial recognition is among the many possible applications for the technology, along with expanding the capabilities of 3D printer manufacturing, and medical uses. It can also improve the quality of

KeyLemon, SoftKinetic to demo mobile 3D face recognition at MWC Shanghai

KeyLemon and SoftKinetic will deliver a joint demonstration of 3D front-facing camera in mobile and 3D face recognition technology at at Mobile World Congress Shanghai 2017. MWC Shanghai, which will be held later this week at Shanghai New International Expo Centre (SNIEC), is a conference and exhibition focused on the worldwide mobile industry. The combined used of SoftKinetic’s front-facing 3D time-of-flight (ToF) camera with KeyLemon’s 3D face recognition technology enables authorized individuals to authenticate themselves by simply taking a selfie.

TrendForce forecasts that IR sensors for smartphones market to reach US$145M this year

TrendForce estimates that the infrared (IR) sensor modules for mobile devices global market will reach US$145 million in 2017, driven by the proliferation of high-end smartphones adopting 3D sensing technology. A 3D sensing solution comprises of an RGB camera module, infrared (IR) sensor technology that uses VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser) as a light source. Several upcoming smartphones are expected to feature facial recognition capabilities based on 3D sensing technology, including Apple’s iPhone 8. “Acquiring and processing data of 3D models

Hong Kong researchers develop technology to improve fingerprint ID

Researchers at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University have developed a technology that aims to improve fingerprint identification by making it more accurate, affordable and hygienic, according to a report by South China Morning Post. They have patented a contactless three-dimensional (3D) identification system, which is more affordable than the method currently used. Unlike other 3D fingerprint scanners, the system developed by Dr Ajay Kumar, associate professor at PolyU’s department of computing, can successfully detect and measure the height and orientation

Sonavation announces ultrasound fingerprint imaging through OLED

Sonavation has unveiled its capability of ultrasound biometric fingerprint imaging through OLED (organic light-emitting diode) displays that are being designed for the next generation of smartphones, tablets, wearables and devices. The company says this breakthrough is an industry first and critically important as OLED displays are quickly gaining widespread adoption. According to the OLED Association, shipments of smartphones with OLED are expected to grow to 461M in 2019, almost double 2015 shipments. This is highlighted by Apple’s recent announcement of

Apple granted patent for technology that expands fingerprint sensor functionality

Apple was recently granted a U.S. patent entitled “Force-Sensitive Fingerprint Sensing Input“, which will expand the Touch ID home button’s functionality, according to a report by 9To5Mac. According to the patent application, the technology could allow the Touch Button ID home button to perform different actions based on different fingerprints, as well as adding pressure sensors to enable 3D Touch type functionality. The patent, which was originally filed on September 11, 2015, offers extensive details about the technology itself without

Qualcomm’s ultrasonic fingerprint authentication system in Letv Le Max Pro smartphone

At CES this week, Qualcomm CEO Steve Mollenkompf announced that the upcoming Letv Le Max Pro smartphone will be the first phone to feature the Snapdragon 820 processor and Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID fingerprint technology with liveness detection. The device is expected to be available in the first half of 2016. The company says that its ultrasonic-based fingerprint biometric solution provides a more secure, reliable alternative to capacitive-based fingerprint sensors. The solution uses security features designed to protect users’ biometric

Letv LeMax Pro may include ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and iris recognition: rumors

According to a report by Android Headlines, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Letv’s upcoming device, Le Max Pro, is expected to be launched in the beginning of 2016 and is rumored to be fueled by the Snapdragon 820 SoC (system-on-chip) and may include an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner on the back and iris recognition up front. Earlier this year, Qualcomm Technologies released its ultrasonic-based 3D fingerprint authentication solution. At the time, Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at QTI commented that

University of California engineers develop ultrasonic 3D fingerprint sensor

Engineers at the University of California, Davis have developed a new ultrasonic 3D fingerprint scanning chip that uses the same technology used in medical ultrasounds, according to a report by Factor. The advanced fingerprint technology would be a significant security improvement for biometric authentication in smartphones. In September, it was revealed that the same TouchID fingerprint spoofing tactic that allowed fraudsters to gain access to Apple’s iPhone 5s can also be used with the iPhone 6. “Ultrasound images are collected

German chemical plant selects biometric technology from TBS

Touchless Biometric Systems (TBS) announced that German chemical plant Chempark successfully increased its handling capacity and reduced freight costs and lead times after deploying TBS’ 3D touchless finger scanning technology. TBS’ 3D biometric technology was part of a larger solution called Project Gate, deployed by the chemical plant in Leverkusen, Germany. The solution managed to increase transport volumes at plant gates, which had limited infrastructure capacity and higher security demands in chemical plants for Chemion, Bayer and LANXESS. The Project