While we have seen fingerprint scanner being equipped into a number of smartphones such as Apple iPhone 5S and HTC One Max last year, Alcatel One Touch has been working on something different for this year. With the help of IriTech, the brand (which is owned by TCL of China) is planning to showcase a tablet with built-in iris recognition at the upcoming Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week.
According to the joint announcement by both companies, the tablet is built with an iris recognition camera module, IR LED, and matching algorithm created by IriTech. The companies claimed that the system takes just seconds to scan and authenticate user’s iris. Users are able to use the iris recognition system for several operations such as device lock/unlock, application launch control, and data encryption.
However, the tablet is just a prototype rather than an actual product that is ready for release into the market. Nevertheless, this showed that they are not the only parties that have been tinkering around the idea of having iris recognition system into mobile devices since the same capability is rumoured to be one of the features on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5.
Well then, let’s see how capable the iris recognition system on the prototype tablet will be once MWC 2014 rolls in next week.