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There are 217 pages to navigate as of October 2016, see the list by clicking Expand Menu on the left. Here are some shortcuts to the most visited pages:

fingerprint sensors
Fingerprint sensor
products and prototypes
fingerprint sensors
Fingerprint sensor
fingerprint recognition algorithms
fingerprint algorithms
smart card with fingerprint sensor built-in
Smart cards with a built-in fingerprint sensor
Notebooks with biometrics
Smartphones with biometrics
Apple Touch ID
movies with biometrics
Big screen movies and biometrics

Jean-François Mainguet is involved in biometrics for a long time now, having invented the silicon swipe fingerprint sensing when working with Thomson-CSF:

Image from 50 years of biometric research: Accomplishments, challenges, and opportunities
Anil K. Jain, Karthik Nandakumar, Arun Ross / Jan 2016.

Unfortunately, the 1997 sensor is not from Thomson-CSF: it was the FingerChip, a thermal-based fingerprint sensor. That said, thank you to consider this invention as an important step in fingerprint sensing!

Also, Apple did not made the first phone with a fingerprint sensor, (I count about 100 different phones before, and the first real consumer product was the HP iPAQ) but they really opened the fingerprint sensor market in September 2013 with the iPhone 5S. Why? Maybe it was just the right time...

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