Apple’s PalmID could be the replacement of Face ID and Touch ID on Apple devices, in the coming time. A new patent from Apple “Vein imaging using detection of published radiation,” is published by the United States Patent and Trademark Office which revealed about palm detection. Apple had filed the patent back in 2015.
Palm detection is not a new concept. It has been used in various areas for a long time. It is more secure than the other biometric system. Fingerprints could be duplicated easily, even faces can be duplicated with enough resources. Palm detection technology will detect the veins of the palms. Veins cannot be duplicated so this method is an absolute winner.
If palm detection worked out successfully, it will be replacing Apple’s Face ID feature. Unlocking of the phone to approving financial transactions could be done through palm detection.
The technology will make use of the display light as well as the infrared light coming from inside the device to match the image with the original image in the database. A dot projector and an infrared camera are required for the implementation of this new technology. Apple has to work out a way to insert them in its devices.
According to the patent, the company got plans to use the identification technology in an Apple Watch or Apple Watch band. Just by placing the palm on the iWatch, the biometric sensor will sense will do the rest. With the, consumers don’t need to remove the watch simulate solo jus to process the authentications.
The patent background states, “Vein identification systems that are known in the art transmit infrared illumination through the user’s hand, and capture a resulting image in which the veins within the hand appear as dark or bright lines due to variations in the captured infrared intensity… Hand vein authentication is considered to have a high level of authentication accuracy due to the complexity of the vein patterns in the hand. Because the vein patterns are internal to the body, they are difficult to counterfeit. Furthermore, vein imaging is contactless and therefore alleviates hygienic concerns that are associated with common systems that use fingerprints or handprints.”
It is not clear when the device will implement this feature. A lot of patented technologies have not reached the market yet so it is not sure whether Apple will implement the feature or not.
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