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Future Samsung smartwatch could use your veins for identity verification

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Future Samsung smartwatch could use your veins for identity verification
Imagine this. You strap to your wrist Samsung's latest smartwatch, and your identity is quickly verified by your veins. This technology could be available sooner than you might think. Samsung has filed a patent with the USPTO for a method by which a smartwatch user's veins are used to authenticate the identity of the person wearing the device.

The watch would first take an initial reading of the vein, and use it to compare to future images. Infrared technology could be employed to capture the images of the veins. If a smartwatch is being used like a key to open a car door or a hotel room, the technology featured in the patent filing could be used to verify one's identity. It also could be used to authenticate a mobile payment, replacing the currently used fingerprint sensor or password sign-in.

"A wearable device comprising: a sensor configured to capture a vein image of a user; and a processor configured to: in response to a function or an application being selected by the user, control the sensor to capture the vein image of the user wearing the wearable device; identify the user by comparing the captured vein image with at least one registered vein image; and in response to determining that the identified user has an execution authority for the selected function or application, execute the function or the application."-Samsung patent filing

The patent, titled "Wearable Device And Method Of Operating The Same," was originally filed in July of last year. If the technology is as impressive as hoped, it could lead to the future use of heart beats as a way to verify identification.


source: USPTO via FastCompany, Phandroid

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posted on 05 Feb 2016, 17:59

1. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Hope there's no cancer linkage.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 18:38 5

5. lyndon420 (Posts: 3991; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Can you elaborate a little bit? I usually have my phone in my pocket so is it safe to say that there's a good chance that my right nut could fall off eventually? In addition to maybe my left hand? Lol.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 22:48

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not to you I don't.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 18:00

2. someone12 (Posts: 177; Member since: 28 Aug 2015)


Vein veins vein I wanna f**king puke now.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 18:42 1

6. lyndon420 (Posts: 3991; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Iris scanners work the same way.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 18:25

3. joevsyou (Posts: 701; Member since: 28 Feb 2015)


interesting, but right now you only need to unlock your phone/watch once after it's clipped on. after the first unlock, you are good to go unless the it gets taken off

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 18:35 1

4. lyndon420 (Posts: 3991; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


The punch clock at work uses vein authentication as well, but it's a touch pad that you place your whole hand on. Using the camera would be some crazy tech wizardry.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 19:11

7. catze86 (Posts: 692; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


I hope samsung invent an identity scaner from a butt fart.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 23:04

13. ibend (Posts: 3858; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


but my fart is different each day :-/

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 10:56

16. catze86 (Posts: 692; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Bro, that Samsung watch will inform you have identity issue. Please eat an Apple.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 19:16 1

8. warrenellis93 (Posts: 155; Member since: 21 Jul 2011)


666 mark of the beast up in heeeere

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 21:02 2

9. oozz009 (Posts: 517; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Geee what's next? Are they going to ask to spit saliva on your device for identity recognizition:D

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 21:21 1

10. darkkjedii (Posts: 20085; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


LMAOOOOO now that is funny. I don't think it needs to go any further than fingerprints. +1

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 13:28 1

20. FluffyBled (Posts: 508; Member since: 10 Sep 2014)


For smartwatches i would assume this is a better option than a fingerprint scanner.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 12:51

19. Metropolis75 (Posts: 88; Member since: 28 Aug 2012)


You're going to have smart watches for ladies with built in pregnancy kits that requires the woman to pee on it.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 21:56

11. nodes (Posts: 681; Member since: 06 Mar 2014)


too much.

posted on 05 Feb 2016, 23:16

14. Mfa901 (Posts: 258; Member since: 14 Jul 2012)


now someone will come with a sensor to measure hairs per cm^2 and use it as a password :3

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 06:05

15. Dee79 (Posts: 281; Member since: 19 Jun 2014)


Why, it's a bit extras... let humans be human

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 10:57

17. catze86 (Posts: 692; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Bro, that Samsung watch will inform you have identity issue. Please eat an Apple.

posted on 06 Feb 2016, 11:47

18. Joaopedromartins (Posts: 13; Member since: 04 Feb 2016)


No need

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 19:13

21. Dodong (Posts: 30; Member since: 30 Jul 2015)


This stupid as he'll

posted on 07 Feb 2016, 21:43

22. Supersonic (Posts: 181; Member since: 15 May 2015)


Time for apple to copy.

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