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Apple Receives Patent for Smart Ring Device

Apple Receives Patent for Smart Ring Device

A new patent suggests that Apple could still be looking to add a smart ring to its rapidly expanding portfolio of wearable devices. The proposed ring would have wireless capabilities, and would come equipped with a processor, a power supply, and a microphone to deliver a collection of features comparable to the Apple Watch. Those…

IDEX Gets UK Patent for Enrollment Solution for Biometric Cards

IDEX Gets UK Patent for Enrollment Solution for Biometric Cards

IDEX Biometrics has been granted another important patent pertaining to its on-card enrollment solution for biometric cards, this time from the UK Intellectual Property Office. In announcing the latest patent approval, IDEX indicated that the filing concerned is “in the same patent family” as on-card enrollment patents approved by the Australian patent authority and by…

Apple Patent Suggests Biometric Sensors May Be Used in Future Earbuds

Apple Patent Suggests Biometric Sensors May Be Used in Future Earbuds

Apple recently filed a new patent that could lead to a future iteration of the popular AirPods earphones equipped with more than one biometric sensor. This could potentially add to Apple’s growing focus on biometrics for authentication, security, and health. Filed on October 3rd, 2019, with the US Patent and Trademark Office, and quite similar…

Facial Recognition Specialist Bolsters IP Portfolio for FMCW LiDAR Tech

Facial Recognition Specialist Bolsters IP Portfolio for FMCW LiDAR Tech

California-based defense contractor and facial recognition specialist StereoVision Imaging (“SVI”) has announced the issuance of eight continuation patents for its technological portfolio. In a statement, the company said it is “significantly growing its U.S. and international patent portfolio” pertaining to Frequency Modulated Continuous Wave (FMCW) LiDAR technology. This is SVI’s speciality, with the company’s approach…

Apple Receives Patent for TV Remote with Touch ID

Apple Receives Patent for TV Remote with Touch ID

Touch ID has been phased out of recent versions of the iPhone, but Apple is still exploring new uses for the technology. A new patent details plans for an Apple TV remote that uses Touch ID to prevent children from accessing material their parents don’t want them to see. First filed in 2017, the patent…

Patent Filing Shows Apple Engineers Exploring New Biometric Authentication Options

Patent Filing Shows Apple Engineers Exploring New Biometric Authentication Options

Having pioneered smartphone fingerprint scanning and facial recognition, Apple may turn next to palm reading as an additional biometric modality, suggests a patent filed by the company earlier this year. As AppleInsider reports, the patent was filed in January, and details how sensors under the display of an iPhone or iPad could be used to…

Egis Faces Patent Infringement Complaint from Goodix

Egis Faces Patent Infringement Complaint from Goodix

“The accusation specifically concerns Goodix’s In-display Fingerprint Sensor, which was released in 2017 and has since been integrated into more than 50 smartphone models, including Huawei’s P30 series and Vivo’s Nex S…” Goodix Technology has accused Egis Technology of patent infringement, filing a complaint with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court to settle the matter. Goodix…

Apple Patents Smart Fabric System That Can Sense When You’re Hot and Cool You Down

Apple Patents Smart Fabric System That Can Sense When You’re Hot and Cool You Down

“It’s a bold idea, but not completely unheard-of. Startups like Montreal-based OMsignal have long been experimenting with biometric wearables like the OMbra biometric sports bra, which is equipped with heart rate and respiratory sensors.” A newly published Apple patent points to some of the wilder ideas that the company’s engineers sometimes explore. This one concerns…

Apple Patents Acoustic Fingerprint Imaging Solution

Apple Patents Acoustic Fingerprint Imaging Solution

Once again, a new pair of patents suggests that Apple isn’t quite done with fingerprint recognition. The patents specifically concern acoustic imaging tech that would turn the entire mobile screen into a biometric sensor. So how does it work? Once you sift through the technical jargon, the concept is essentially sonar for the iPhone. When…

Sony Patent Suggests Biometric Controllers for Playstation 5

Sony Patent Suggests Biometric Controllers for Playstation 5

Sony is finally sharing details about the highly anticipated PlayStation 5, but the latest bit of news comes from a recently disclosed patent rather than the company itself. The details are complicated, but the concept is relatively straightforward. The patent would insert a biometric sensor into the body of the standard PS5 controller. The sensor…

Apple Patent Expands the Touch Bar with Face ID and Retinal Scanning

Apple Patent Expands the Touch Bar with Face ID and Retinal Scanning

A newly published Apple patent application suggests that an unexpected biometric modality could be on its way to Mac computers. The patent application was originally filed with the European Patent Office in 2017, and, as Patently Apple reports, expands the number of features that could potentially be delivered through the Mac Touch Bar from 12…

Patent Suggests Microsoft Will Embed Fingerprint Biometrics in the Windows Key

Patent Suggests Microsoft Will Embed Fingerprint Biometrics in the Windows Key

“The potential feature is a sleeker way to integrate fingerprint recognition technology into a laptop, especially when measured against current options that place a separate fingerprint reader elsewhere on the device. “ Over the past year, some smartphone manufacturers have started phasing out dedicated fingerprint readers in favor of in-display fingerprint sensors. Now a recently…

Apple Patents Illustrate Face ID Enhancements

Apple Patents Illustrate Face ID Enhancements

Newly published patent applications from Apple suggest that the company is still working on improvements to the renowned 3D facial recognition system used to authenticate users on its latest iPhones. As Patently Apple reports, one of the patents concerns the use of ‘subepidermal imaging’ to assess features such as blood vessels to establish an even…

Latest BioCatch Patent Covers Touchscreen Pressure Behavioral Biometrics

Latest BioCatch Patent Covers Touchscreen Pressure Behavioral Biometrics

“BioCatch’s approach here is notable for not needing to rely on specialized hardware, making it another one of the many behavioral metrics – the company says it uses 2,000 of them – that can be analyzed by BioCatch’s technology via a software-based approach.” BioCatch has further solidified its IP holdings with a newly granted patent,…

Qualcomm Wins Injunction Against iPhone Sales in China

Qualcomm Wins Injunction Against iPhone Sales in China

China’s Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court has granted a request from Qualcomm to halt the sale of several iPhone models in China due to alleged patent violations. The iPhone models affected in the order include the iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X – in other…

Apple Patent Depicts Adaptable, Biometric AirPods

Apple Patent Depicts Adaptable, Biometric AirPods

“It’s an approach that could prove appealing to health and fitness enthusiasts, and would allow Apple to compete with other new earbud solutions that use biometrics to deliver FitBit-type functionality into that category of wearables.” A newly granted patent suggests that Apple is considering the integration of biometric capabilities into an upcoming version of its…

Samsung Patents Show In-Display Sensor Tech for Smartphone, Smartwatch

Samsung Patents Show In-Display Sensor Tech for Smartphone, Smartwatch

Newly published Samsung patents are further illustrating the company’s interest in in-display fingerprint sensor technology for its mobile devices and even wearables. As Patently Apple reports, the patent depicts a smartwatch featuring an in-display fingerprint sensor or even an in-display iris sensor; and it depicts a smartphone featuring an in-display fingerprint sensor within a larger…

Apple Wants Siri to Work During Off-Hours, Patent Suggests

Apple Wants Siri to Work During Off-Hours, Patent Suggests

A newly-surfaced patent application suggests that Apple is trying to extend Siri’s working hours to times when a user’s iPhone is offline. As AppleInsider reports, the patent filing, entitled “OFFLINE PERSONAL ASSISTANT”, describes how Siri queries could be performed on a given device (ie. an iPhone or iPad), rather than automatically outsourced to external servers…

Goodix Responds to Allegations of Patent Infringement

Goodix Responds to Allegations of Patent Infringement

“Notably, the companies’ characterizations of the allegation itself differ in one important way.” Goodix has responded to Fingerprint Cards‘ recent allegation of patent infringement, asserting in a statement that FPC’s lawsuit filed with the Beijing Intellectual Property Court “is without merit.” The Shenzhen-based company added that “it will vigorously defend itself” against the allegation. Notably,…

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