According to Rick Bergman, CEO of Synaptics, wearable devices with inbuilt fingerprint sensors will hit the market next year. According to him, using a fingerprint ID sensor beneath a small curved display isn’t very challenging. He has also revealed to the press in Taipei that they are working on unveiling an area-type fingerprint scanner in the second half of 2014. Considering Synaptics only provides fingerprint scanners to Samsung, there’s a good chance that the Korean manufacturer will be among the first to implement one in a wearable device.
Samsung has already released the Gear Fit with a curved OLED screen. There are chances of Samsung equipping similar fingerprint sensor in the yet unannounced Galaxy Note 4 as well. Apple’s iPhone 5S was the first smartphone to use an area-based fingerprint scanner. These type of sensors are relatively easier to use when compared to swipe-based fingerprint scanners which are used in the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One Max and Motorola Atrix 4G.