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Behavioral biometrics specialist BioCatch has filed a patent entitled, “System, Device, and Method Estimating Force Applied to a Touch Surface,” which covers technology that enables device makers to forego costly hardware components that are typically needed to estimate the force and pressure applied to touch surfaces on devices, such as smartphones, tablets and smartwatches.

Measuring the pressure from touching a screen is an important capability for device makers today to enhance usability, as well as for application developers who could leverage this information to increase security and enable continuous authentication based on interaction with a screen. Specifically designed for the small screen, BioCatch has invented a method for collecting data that allows device makers to gather information from a device and show high resolution results of finger touch areas over time without needing additional hardware to do so.

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