Showing posts with label Gadgets. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gadgets. Show all posts

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Synaptics Unveils Clear ID In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for 18:9, 20:9 Smartphones

Synaptics Unveils Clear ID In-Display Fingerprint Sensor for 18:9, 20:9 Smartphones



Synaptics this week introduced its first Clear ID FS9500 in-display optical sensor that can be installed under the surface of an OLED screen. The fingerprint reader works faster than facial recognition and can be used in any environments, including dark rooms and sunny beaches, Synaptics says. The first smartphones featuring the technology are due in Q1 2018.





Biometric authentication has become a mandated feature of every smartphone in the recent years, but integrating fingerprint sensor has become a challenge as screen-to-body ratio is growing and many front panels have no space for the reader. Some smartphone makers install fingerprint sensor on the back panels of their devices, other, like Apple, introduce facial recognition technologies that require IR and RGB sensors accompanied by appropriate processing resources. Synaptics argues that fingerprint sensors on the back are uncomfortable to use, whereas facial recognition technologies are relatively slow and can be fooled. By contrast, Synaptics' latest Clear ID FS9500 sensor is hidden under the screen on the front and it works as fast as users come to expect from similar devices in the recent years.







The Synaptics Clear ID FS9500 fingerprint sensor is a tiny CMOS device that sits below the AMOLED display assemly and captures the reflected fingerprint between and through the OLED pixels. Synaptics said that the captured fingerprint has a very high resolution, but naturally does not quantify this claim. To make a fingerprint reflect, a part of the screen has to be lit-up, so while the device itself only uses 80 mA, the screen consumes some additional power too (Synaptics does not disclose the lowest brightness level of the display required for scanning as it depends on many factors). Meanwhile, Synaptics uses accelerometers and other sensors inside the phone to activate the sensor and turn on an appropriate area on the screen. The activation happens instantly, then it takes 0.7 seconds to scan the fingerprint, match it and grant or deny access. By contrast, Synaptics says, it takes modern smartphones about 1.4 seconds to scan a face.







The SF9500 does not support Match-In-Sensor technology, so the matching is performed by host using Synaptics' Quantum Matcher software. It is noteworthy that the software Synaptics supplies with its sensors is quite complex. Apart from matching, the software is responsible for activating the reader and the screen whenever the phone is touched and for other things (like taking into account outside conditions that may affect minutiae). The new fingerprint sensor from Synaptics connects to host using the SPI bus. Depending on application and requirements, device manufacturer may choose to use an AES-encrypted SecureLink interface (e.g., if the SF9500 is installed into a bezel-less tablet, or a laptop display) if required.

The Clear ID FS9500 is "smart" enough to detect fingerprints in sunlight and bright conditions, take into account wet and/or cold fingers, detect spoofed fingerprints and so on. It remains to be seen how the sensor behaves when individual light-emitting pixels burn-in over time, but since Synaptics has a robust program stack supplied with its sensors, it can tweak them using software to compensate for screen degradation.



According to Synaptics, the Clear ID SF9500 sensor itself is only 0.69 mm thick and its integration does not make smartphones significantly thicker. The sensor integration process has to be performed by the screen manufacturer at a fab where display assemblies are made and Synaptics is working with appropriate makers. The process is not very complex, so it does not make final devices considerably more expensive, says the developer.







Synaptics initiated mass production of its Clear ID FS9500 sensors this month and will start their commercial shipments in the coming weeks. The company says that the first smartphone that uses the in-display fingerprint reader will be available in early 2018. Synaptics naturally does not disclose the manufacturer of the device, but only says that it is one of the Top 5 smartphone suppliers. Meanwhile, since the FS9500 sensor only works with OLED screens, this big producer of the smartphones has to have access to the AMOLED technology. Synaptics plans to showcase the handset at CES, but it is unclear whether the device will have been announced by that time, or Synaptics will show it camouflaged. Anyway, the first smartphone featuring the FS9500 is incoming and it will be available soon.

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Saturday, December 16, 2017

LG smart ecosystem solution to power groundbreaking home of the future

LG smart ecosystem solution to power groundbreaking home of the future










LG is expanding its smart capabilities to the commercial sector with the installation of an integrated smart solutions package in a premium apartment complex in a suburb of Seoul. Slated to open in early 2021, the Byeollae I’PARK Suite apartment complex of five forty story buildings in the northeastern suburb of Seoul will be furnished exclusively with LG smart home appliances and technologies.

The apartments will feature LG’s top-of-the-line smart appliances including system air conditioners, refrigerators, washing machines, dryers, dishwashers and Styler garment care systems. Homeowners will have the option to install additional smart devices such as air purifiers, robot vacuum cleaners and LG ThinQ Hub speakers, to which all the appliances can be connected and controlled by voice commands.





The system designed for I’PARK Suite will be compatible with smart devices from other manufacturers, consistent with LG’s strategy to support an open smart ecosystem. A smartphone app will allow for the remote operation of non-LG devices as well as calling the elevator, checking electricity consumption, requesting home delivery, checking parking location and communicating with visitors at the door.

This is a groundbreaking project for LG built on years of experience as a smart appliance leader in Korea,” said Choi Sang-gyu, president of LG’s Korean sales and marketing operation. “This isn’t a demonstration but a real life example of what the home of the future will look like on a massive scale.


Effie is a home appliance that does the ironing for you

Effie is a home appliance that does the ironing for you







If you have a job that makes you suit up Monday thru Friday, it can seem like all your extra time outside of work is spent pressing your clothes for work! It’s time for you to meet Effie – a new domestic appliance that will help you spend more time living and less time getting ready for work. 

Using a heat, steam and an internal pressing machine, it irons your clothes for you. Simply hang your clothes up straight from the washing machine, click go (or operate it directly from your smartphone!), and look sharp. It’s as simple as that.

Effie can take up to 12 items at once. Simply hang all of your garments up on the exposed rail, and after clicking go, sit back as each item is treated one by one. Don’t split your loads, don’t separate your colours, just take them straight from the washing machine and let them be dried and ironed.

The garments are treated with a patent pending pressing system that contacts your clothes to remove the wrinkles. It uses a perfect combination of heat and steam to ensure that it doesn’t burn or damage your clothes, but still leaves them creaseless and ready to wear.





Effie doesn’t need to be plumbed in to use it. Store it in the corner, and easily roll it to where you want to use it. This means no installation costs, no technicians – just get it home and let it take care of the ironing!

Your clothes need to be loaded onto Effie’s specially designed hangers. Each one can adjust to fit the size of the garment, and holds the item in exactly the right configuration to remove all of the creases.