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Apple Patent Application Hints at Face ID for Mac Computers

Apple Patent Application Hints at Face ID for Mac Computers

Face ID could finally be on its way to MacBook and iMac computers. At least, that’s the takeaway from a newly published Apple patent application that details a “Light Recognition Module for Determining a User of a Computing Device.” While the language in the title is more generic, the patent essentially describes a facial recognition…

Apple Files Patent to Protect Privacy by Tracking User’s Gaze

Apple Files Patent to Protect Privacy by Tracking User’s Gaze

Tech giant Apple has recently filed a patent for a technology that protects the user’s privacy by tracking their gaze. The tech is referred to in the patent as “Gaze-dependent display encryption”, and relies on facial recognition to determine if the device owner is the one looking at the screen, and eye tracking to determine…

Verizon Tech, Political News, and Mobile Patents in This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

Verizon Tech, Political News, and Mobile Patents in This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

This week’s roundup of Mobile ID World’s top stories features a new set of cybersecurity solutions, some 5G drama, and smartphone tech both real and imagined. First up, the announcement of new cybersecurity solutions from a perhaps surprising source: the telecom Verizon, which is offering new tech supporting cloud-based threat detection, blockchain security, and mobile…

Apple Receives Patent for Foldable iDevices

Apple Receives Patent for Foldable iDevices

A new Apple patent offers a more detailed look at a potential foldable device. The patent is one of a whopping 66 Apple patents recently granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and specifically describes techniques for the development of flexible cover sheets made of glass or some other ceramic material. According to the…

Apple Patent Details Possible Device Authentication System

Apple Patent Details Possible Device Authentication System

Apple has been exploring a system that would allow users to gain access to multiple IoT devices from a central hub. The details of the system are included in a patent application that was recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent depicts a head-mounted device that could be paired with other…

IDEX Receives More Patents for On-Card Enrollment System

IDEX Receives More Patents for On-Card Enrollment System

IDEX Biometrics has increased the potential scope of its on-card enrollment solution with new patents in the United States and Germany. The patents detail alternative ways to register a user’s fingerprint to a biometric smart card, and expand on the company’s existing biometric enrollment system. That system was patented in the United States, Australia, and…

New Apple Pencil Patent Hints at Future Touch ID Support

New Apple Pencil Patent Hints at Future Touch ID Support

A new patent filed by Apple suggests that there may be a future version of the Apple Pencil that will be equipped with a biometric fingerprint scanner, advanced gesture support and perhaps even a camera. The first generation of the Apple Pencil was launched in 2015 with that year’s iPad Pro model, with a refresh…

New Apple Patent Could Improve Face ID with Partial Face Recognition

New Apple Patent Could Improve Face ID with Partial Face Recognition

Apple has filed a patent application for an improved version of Face ID that would be able to recognize partial faces and overcome poor lighting conditions. The newly published application was filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. The patent specifically concerns a neural network module for a device equipped with a TrueDepth camera.…

Sony Patent Describes Biometric Controllers for PS5 Console

Sony Patent Describes Biometric Controllers for PS5 Console

A recently published patent suggests that Sony may be considering the implementation of biometric sensors on controllers for its upcoming PS5 video game console. The patent primarily concerns a “scene tagging” feature that would allow gamers to capture metadata pertaining to a certain gameplay event, and then share it with other players online. Those other…

An Apple-heavy Serving of This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

An Apple-heavy Serving of This Week’s Top Mobile ID Stories

It’s been another varied week in the world of mobile identity, but in Mobile ID World’s latest roundup of top stories, Apple took the biggest slice of reader attention, as it sometimes does. What’s a bit more surprising is that two of Apple’s three highly popular articles concern one of its less popular (in relative…

Apple Files Patent for Flexible Smart Watch Antenna

Apple Files Patent for Flexible Smart Watch Antenna

The U.S. Patent & Trademark Office has published a new Apple patent application for flexible antenna components that could be integrated into the band of the Apple Watch. The stretchable, bendable antennas would still support the Watch’s wireless capabilities, but would theoretically free up more space in the body of the watch without compromising the integrity…

Patent Points to New Apple Pencil With Multiple Sensors

Patent Points to New Apple Pencil With Multiple Sensors

A new patent that was recently filed by Apple may indicate a future version of the Apple Pencil that will be equipped with a display screen and multiple sensors on board. The patent was filed with the the US Patent & Trademark Office on October 24th and shows plans to have contact, haptic, capacitive, touch, …

Smartphone Tech Giants Dominate This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

Smartphone Tech Giants Dominate This Week’s Top Stories Roundup

It has been a smartphone-heavy week on Mobile ID World. Three of this week’s top stories are concerned with smartphone tech, and these all involve some of the most prominent brands in the industry. Samsung, for example, found its way into the news with a new patent describing a front-facing triple sensor system for a…

Apple Patent Shows How 3D Sensing Laser Tech Could be Turned to Users’ Fingertips

Apple Patent Shows How 3D Sensing Laser Tech Could be Turned to Users’ Fingertips

“Essentially, this would involve projecting lasers from inside a display toward its surface at a variety of angles, and analyzing the deflection of that light caused by a user’s fingertips.” A newly published patent application suggests Apple may be looking to VCSEL laser technology to enhance touchscreen interaction on future iPhones and iPads. VCSEL –…

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…

Another Apple Patent Points to In-Display Touch ID

Another Apple Patent Points to In-Display Touch ID

The US Patent and Trademark Office has published an Apple patent application for an optical imaging array that would allow for in-display fingerprint recognition. The array would be placed under the screen of a device like the iPhone or the iPad, and “oriented to receive light transmitted through the display in a direction generally opposite…

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…

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