Apple has filed for a continuation patent ‘Authenticated Device Assisted Users Authentication’ to unlock Apple devices via Apple Glass. In January, the U.S Patent and Trademark Office granted Apple a patent for Apple Glass to unlock all its devices, automatically. It is noted that a continuation patent is filed under two conditions: to add new claims or when the office approves some and rejects some claims.
The previous patent claimed that while wearing Apple Glass or a headset, users will be able to unlock nearby devices, smoothly. The document also explained that if users do not want to unlock the gadget, they could use body gestures, voice commands, eye or motion gestures.
Apple files continuation patent to unlock nearby devices via Apple Glass
As per the new filing, Apple claims to be working on a new unlocking system via a headset, presumably Apple Glass.
A system for user authentication, the system comprising: a head-mounted device, wherein the user is able to access a restricted-access function of the head-mounted device in response to verification of an identity of the user by the head-mounted device; and a proximate device, wherein the user is unable to access a restricted-access function of the proximate device, wherein the head-mounted device is operable to: identify that variations in a predetermined spatial orientation of the proximate device with respect to the user are below a variation threshold for a temporal duration that exceeds a temporal threshold; and in response to identifying that the variations in the predetermined spatial orientation are below the variation threshold for the temporal duration, emit authentication data that includes an identity of the user of the head-mounted device to the proximate device such that the user is able to access the restricted-access function of the proximate device.
In a recent interview with The New York Times’ Kara Swisher, Apple CEO, Tim Cook expressed excitement over the development and capabilities of augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI).
Kara brought up the rumors that Apple is expected to launch its mixed reality headset at WWDC 2021, and Cook said that he can’t talk about products that may or may not be in the pipeline, but he spoke about AR and how it can benefit different fields like health, gaming, retail, and more, with the use of the phone. He agreed that it is a critical part of Apple’s future.