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Another day, another Samsung patent: meet Sammy's conceptual unlocking method

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Another day, another Samsung patent: meet Sammy's conceptual unlocking method
Samsung might be developing a device unlocking feature, similar to LG's Knock Code, as a recent patent application with USPTO suggests that the company is working on a touch-and-drag unlocking method. It is stated that users will be able to wake as well as unlock their devices by touching the display and drawing any figure with at least one intersection in it.

Yes, that's right! The patent description claims that a dedicated touch input controller in the device will monitor for any touch/drag input on the display even when the latter is off. This means that you wouldn't need to hit that power key when you want to wake up your smartphone or tablet.

This Samsung patent says that the shape, size, and orientation of the unlocking pattern that the user draws don't matter, provided it has at least one intersection. Additionally, you can predefine patterns with two, three, or more intersections, which can jump "to a user's desired function after releasing a lock mode ". For example, you can draw a figure with two intersections and the devie will wake up directly into, say, Viber or Hangouts.

It is also stated that common unlocking methods are "cumbersome" and usually predispose for lots of "undesired input errors". Samsung touts its conceptual unlocking method addresses all of these disadvantages and provides an user-friendly unlocking UI.

And do you remember Samsung's patent for a force-sensing display, which is capable of distinguishing soft from hard touches, which we informed you about yesterday? Well, imagine what would happen if the tech giant desides to combine both of these concepts into a rather innovative unlocking method, which comprises of touches with different force and intersectable unlocking patters!

What are your thoughts on the matter?

source: USPTO

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posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:09 2

1. fouadqr (Posts: 326; Member since: 21 Nov 2012)

I hate when people calls samsung .. SAM or Sammy :/ !!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:51 4

9. nctx77 (Posts: 2401; Member since: 03 Sep 2013)

Spamsung is much better!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 17:55 2

11. Arirank (Posts: 40; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

Sammy just cool !

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:10 2

2. itsdeepak4u2000 (Posts: 3718; Member since: 03 Nov 2012)

Interesting Intersections.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:10

3. SamDroid (unregistered)

Sounds weird

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 07:37

13. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

ur weird for not understanding!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:13

4. TechFreak123 (Posts: 85; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

I don't know what to make of it, maybe someone could make a lock screen app to showcase this new idea and then we can determine if it is useful or not.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:14 3

5. TheMan (Posts: 493; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)

I like having a non-linear swiping method, which would help avoid inadvertent openings, but is a patent really necessary? This is world Apple has wrought.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:36 4

6. PeterK. (Posts: 314; Member since: 13 Nov 2013)

Unfortunately, yes. Better safe than sorry.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 10:39

10. _Bone_ (Posts: 2155; Member since: 29 Oct 2012)

The Oppo N1 I think already does this, I believe you can even draw figures on the dark screen to launch certain apps.

posted on 08 Mar 2014, 07:38

14. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

sad but true

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:42

7. IMda1 (Posts: 5; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)

Windows 8 already have something similar for their lockscreen. You need at least 3 points to unlock a Windows device. You can draw anything to a picture. For example, your lockscreen has your favorite picture on it. You can touch an eye, put a circle on a face, connect to objects together, but it has to be three points/actions to unlock. And it doesn't need to be precise! Very cool!

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 09:44 2

8. Sauce (unregistered)

To unlock my 5s I draw the letter "S" real quick if my fingers are too oily to use for Touch ID.

This Samsung feature would be pretty neat. Similar to what I currently use.
Lets hope that people don't use the "example" pattern that comes with the quick settup booklet inside the box.

posted on 07 Mar 2014, 18:04

12. SPASE (Posts: 228; Member since: 03 May 2013)

My nokia n9 came with the knock feature first then lg expanded a bit on it.
But just like nokia & lg, to use this samsung pattern you dont need to press any buttons prior. Good job...

posted on 10 Mar 2014, 10:15

15. jaspergrantus (Posts: 9; Member since: 14 Jan 2014)

As expected, nothing to be really excited about sammy, INNOVATION seem not to be on their vocabulary!

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