Amusingly, we haven’t mentioned ViewSonic on Mobot’s hallowed pages in years, but here the US chaps are getting one over on South Korean manufacturer Samsung.
Specifically, ViewSonic looks poised to launch the world’s first smartphone with iris recognition technology, the ViewSonic V55.
When we think of iris recognition on smartphones, we generally think of Samsung, as the South Koreans have openly discussed the technology over the years.
Indeed, this time last year it was suggested that the Samsung Galaxy S5 might play host to iris recognition tech.
“Many people are fanatical about iris recognition technology,” purred the splendid Younghee Lee. “We are studying the possibility but can’t really say whether we will have it or not on the S5.”
That didn't happen, of course, and while there’s always the chance iris recognition tech will make its way to the soon-to-be-announced Samsung Galaxy S6, it won’t be the first such smartphone – if ViewSonic has anything to do with it.
Like fingerprint recognition, iris recognition tech will be used to add a further level of security to your smartphone, in terms of both unlocking your device and securing individual files/apps.
On the ViewSonic V55, the iris scanner is hidden behind a small tab (pictured above). When the user wants to unlock the phone or files, it’s necessary to slide the tab to the left. Interesting.
The ViewSonic V55 was supposedly intended to launch towards the end of 2014 originally, but GizmoChina reckons we’ll get the full story later this month. A sneak preview at CES 2015 next week doesn't seem too far-fetched.