BlackBerry awarded patent for unlocking phone via wearable device

BlackBerry awarded patent for unlocking phone via wearable device
This is a feature that one might have thought was already on the books with the US Patent and Trademark Office, but as it happens, BlackBerry has added a new patent to its portfolio.

The concept in broad terms is not necessarily new, a wearable device that whose proximity would bypass a lock code on a smartphone. In fact, the idea was brought up and presented during Google I/O as a feature that might be implemented via Android Wear.

The difference for BlackBerry is that this patent surrounds a stand-alone device with a physical clip that must be closed to allow the wearable to function. It sounds like a small detail, but that distinction would eliminate concerns someone might have about their device being unlocked in proximity of the wearable if wearable itself is not being worn (like a watch sitting on the nightstand).

The patent filing does not guarantee a wearable is in the works, but given BlackBerry’s renewed vigor, and declaration that it would be pushing the envelope with future products on the heels of the warm reception of its newly available BlackBerry Passport, we would not rule out a wearable from Waterloo.


via: MobileSyrup

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139 Comments

1. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Uh I thought this was a patent owned by someone?

3. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Guess you thought wrong.

12. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Guess you don't have an answer.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

I do. The answer is clearly NO, as the patent has been awarded to BlackBerry.

27. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Guess you don't either.

19. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You could have simply just said no. Don't play victim this time.

22. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

There. I said no. And he doesn't seem like he's playing a victim to me.

26. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I see Mxy's lover is back in action. And all I did was say, "guess you thought wrong". How is that playing the victim? Please explain that. Ever since you switched over to that inferior device you now carry, you've become a grade A jack@ss.

36. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Inferior device? and you have the gall to accuse me of trolling.

40. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Saying his device of choice is inferior is not trolling. I don't do it every day in every post. UNLIKE YOU Who comes to every BlackBerry post to bad mouth BlackBerry. It's retarded and unneccesary.

50. Mxyzptlk unregistered

What did I say that was so bad in this BB article? I stand correct.

58. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Boy who cried wolf syndrome. You troll BlackBerry so much(should I put the link back up for you?) that everytime you post, we all think you're trolling. That's something you've brought on yourself.

59. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Answer the question without beating around the bush

68. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

Who's beating around the bush?? You get the reactions you get because of your constant trolling. If you didn't constantly troll BlackBerry posts, no one would have anything to say. The fact that you play dumb and try to hide the fact that you're trolling doesn't change the fact that you are indeed trolling. Why is this so hard for you to understand? Don't troll and no one will have anything to say.

70. Mxyzptlk unregistered

And I'm asking you what exactly am I doing in this article that's trolling blackberry. Since you want to call me out I figured you'd man up and answer the question.

79. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

I will. As soon as you MAN UP and ADMIT right here in this very thread that you troll BlackBerry posts on Phonearena. I figured since you were man enough to just call me out right now, that you'd be man enough to admit to your trolling.

82. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Im asking you to show me in this very thread where I trolled blackberry.

84. BobbyDigital

Posts: 2125; Member since: May 29, 2014

And I'm asking you to admit in this very thread that you troll BlackBerry posts and for some perverse reason you enjoy it. Just be man enough to admit that you do indeed troll BlackBerry articles and I'll answer your question.

95. Mxyzptlk unregistered

If I'm trolling as much as you say I am then you should have no trouble answering the f-ing question.

100. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lmao!! You mad, bro? Rotflmao!!!

109. Mxyzptlk unregistered

Not at all

117. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Yeah, you are.

128. andynaija

Posts: 1259; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

129. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Lame.

130. andynaija

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131. meanestgenius

Posts: 22085; Member since: May 28, 2014

Still lame and now stalker-ish.

132. andynaija

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135. andynaija

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136. meanestgenius

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