Tag Archive: Sensors


Samsung’s new SmartThings Wifi, hub and sensors smarten things up even more

The new Samsung SmartThings Wifi, Hub and Sensors.

Mesh networking, a new hub and sensors round out the company’s connected home aspirations.

Samsung today announced a revamp of its mesh networking system, featuring the new SmarThings Wifi system, plus a new SmartThings hub and sensors.

The SmartThings Wifi system uses the smarts of Plume (which Samsung previously invested in) to keep everything talking to each other as quickly as possible. Each Wifi router covers 1,500 square  [Read More…]

Grab the ecobee3 smart thermostat with three sensors for $200

Control your temperature from anywhere.

The ecobee3 smart thermostat comes in a bundle with three room sensors for just $ 199.99 total on Amazon right now. The thermostat by itself with one sensor is more than expensive than this deal. The two sensors sell in a pack for $ 79 outside of this bundle.

This is ecobee’s previous-generation model, which has since been replaced by the ecobee4 with Alexa built-in. The ecobee3 doesn’t have Alexa built in,  [Read More…]

Fingerprint sensors are still better than facial recognition

Face unlock is great when you’re wearing gloves, but fingerprint sensors are good for more than just authentication.

Alongside the various Android phones I’ve tested, I’ve been using the iPhone X for about two months now. One of the most noteworthy changes to the iPhone X over previous models is the removal of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor, now replaced with a high-tech face unlock function Apple calls Face ID. Some Android phones have similar features; the  [Read More…]

Sony is finally selling phones in the U.S. with fingerprint sensors, starting with the XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2

Hey look, Sony’s taking things seriously in the U.S.

Sony’s taking to CES 2018 to launch three new mid-range phones: the Xperia XA2, XA2 Ultra and L2. They look like fine phones. They have solid specs for mid-range devices and a few neat features.

But let me tell you the important part up front: all three have fingerprint sensors in the U.S. They’re interestingly rear-mounted fingerprint sensors, rather than the side-mounted power button variety Sony has used for years.  [Read More…]

Qualcomm are making fingerprint sensors embedded in displays

One of the main reasons bezels still exist is to host a button that doubles as a fingerprint sensor. This could all be about to change as Qualcomm are making a sensor that it says will work embedded under a display. The Galaxy S8 is one of the first devices to feature an almost bezel-less […]

Qualcomm’s ambitious new fingerprint sensors work through touchscreens

Qualcomm wants you to unlock your phone in ways you haven’t before.

Qualcomm wants in on the fingerprint sensor madness, since every phone these days has one — or should — and the company basically owns every other part of the animal, so why not another?

Dubbed Qualcomm Fingerprint Sensors, the term encompasses three main input methods: Display, Metal, and Glass. The first is both the most interesting and requires the longest wait, since it represents the  [Read More…]

This is why Sony phones in the U.S. don’t have fingerprint sensors

This has crossed into ‘ridiculous’ territory — but we now have a better idea of why.

Another year, another Sony phone launching in the U.S. without a fingerprint sensor — despite the exact same model packing the biometric authentication process everywhere else in the world. With the announcement of the Xperia XZ Premium and XZs, Sony once again has a couple of enticing phones. And even though it seems to have made good strides in terms of  [Read More…]

Next-gen fingerprint sensors will live under the glass

Optical fingerprint sensors could be the future.

Next-generation fingerprint sensors won’t be tied to specific buttons, nor will they require cutouts that take up precious space on the phone. Companies like Synaptics now have fingerprint sensor solutions that can be embedded under a phone or tablet’s display glass, “capable of high-resolution scanning through 1mm of full cover glass and enables clean, button-free industrial designs,” the company said in a press release.

That is good, because while  [Read More…]

Feet on: Withings Body Cardio Scale adds tons of sensors for better health

This scale might be the only connected health gadget you need.

Connected health tech usually is all about strapping gadgets to your body in order to feed data to an app on your phone. Wear this thing when you run, this thing when you sleep, this thing when you go swimming, and so on until you’re never not wearing some kind of connected health bauble. Using data to help keep yourself healthy is great, but sometimes  [Read More…]

90% of Nexus phone users now have a secure lock screen, thanks to fingerprint sensors

The fantastic fingerprint sensors in the Nexus 6P and Nexus 5X have been a revelation when it comes to simplicity of unlocking your phone, keeping apps secure and authenticating payments, and it turns out a lot of Nexus users have jumped on board. Speaking at the 3rd Annual Google Security Update session at Google I/O 2016, Stephan Somogyi from Google dropped an interesting statistic on us — since the launch of the  [Read More…]