Even though Dell Computers and others offer fingerprint reading security options on their computers, fingerprint reading technologies still seem to be a highly fragmented market in search of a strong customer base. "A Single-Chip Fingerprint Sensor and Identifier" was described and illustrated by Shigematsu et al in the December 1999 issue of the "IEEE Journal of Solid State Circuits". Why hasn't this market matured and consolidated into a mainstream product more than a decade later?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.