Apple is seeking more patents on embedded biometric authentication technology that would go beyond the standard fingerprint, voice recognition, face recognition and iris recognition modes and bring the potential for behavior or habit-based authentication to their devices, according to a TMCnet article. Some of the new patents Apple is seeking specifically call for authenticating a user via their unique typing patterns and detecting heartbeat patterns of the user through special sensors.
While both patents are expected to serve a primary purpose of securing devices or tracking users, the heartbeat sensor is believed to hold potential for other applications on the devices as well. Among some of the other expected possibilities are fitness related applications or even mood sensing applications that alter the device’s operation and display to better suit the user.
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