Apple Kicks Off 2014 With a Profusion of Biometric Tech Patents

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Source: USPTO.govMany industry watchers hailed the debut of Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint scanner as a major advancement in the use of biometric authentication technology in mobile devices. However, it appears that Apple is already working on further developments in the biometrics security field. Here are eight recently published Apple patents uncovered by Patently Apple.

Patently Apple found a recently published patent titled, “Far-Field Sensing for Rotation of Finger.” The patent covered a method for fingerprint scanners to detect finger orientations at a distance of over two millimeters away. As stated in the patent, “Various processor components can be configured to produce individual oriented image swatches, based on the fingerprint image data and the orientation of the finger. Memory can be provided for storing the individual (e.g., oriented) image swatches, and to combine a plurality of swatches into a unified fingerprint image.”

This technology will likely be used to improve the capabilities of Apple’s existing Touch ID fingerprint scanner for the iPhone 5S or other devices. As seen in image above, one of the patent’s conceptual drawings shows an iPad with a fingerprint scanner. The patent filing also noted that the technology could be implemented in an iPod, television, MacBook, “or any other system or device adaptable to the inclusion of system architecture.”

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