Samsung Display has made a ground-breaking announcement in display technology with the introduction of Sensor OLED, the world’s first organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display integrated with a built-in fingerprint and heart rate sensor.
This cutting-edge technology has the potential to revolutionize smartphones and other devices, simplifying the user experience. Industry experts predict that flagship smartphones will soon incorporate this innovation.
Traditionally, smartphone sensors have designated areas that act as touchpoints for fingerprint or heart rate sensing. Users need to tap or place their fingers on specific parts of the device to obtain feedback. However, Samsung Display’s Sensor OLED takes a revolutionary approach by embedding light-sensing organic photodiodes (OPDs) directly into the display panel. This allows users to scan their fingerprints anywhere on the screen, eliminating the need for specific sensor spots.
The inclusion of OPDs within the OLED display panel opens up exciting possibilities for simultaneous biometric sensing. Users can now place multiple fingers on the screen at the same time, enabling convenient and accurate readings. For instance, Samsung Display highlights that blood pressure measurements typically require readings from both arms. With the Sensor OLED, users can simply place a finger from each hand on the display, eliminating the need to measure blood pressure one arm at a time.
In addition to fingerprint scanning, the built-in sensors of Sensor OLED can also measure a user’s heart rate and “stress level.” While the specifics of the stress level measurement remain unclear, Samsung Display’s innovation in biometric data capture is likely to pave the way for advanced health monitoring features in future devices.
The exact timeline for the integration of Sensor OLED technology into smartphones has not been revealed. However, given that the technology has been specifically developed for smartphones, industry experts believe that it will not be long before we witness its implementation in consumer devices.
Samsung Display’s Sensor OLED represents a significant leap forward in display technology and biometric sensing capabilities. By seamlessly integrating fingerprint and heart rate sensors into the display panel, Samsung Display is set to simplify user interactions and enhance the overall user experience. With this innovative technology, users can look forward to more intuitive and convenient ways of unlocking their devices, monitoring their health, and engaging with biometrically enabled applications.