Samsung patent explains how the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner might work

Samsung patent explains how the Samsung Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner might work
The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 is the most eagerly awaited handset at the moment. One of the new features expected on the phablet is an iris scanner which can be used to verify one's identity for mobile payments, and to unlock the phone. The company still plans on including a fingerprint scanner with the device since consumers might not feel comfortable yet using their eyes for identification. Apparently, this will be a process that will take some time.

Regardless, Sammy has filed for a patent for the system that it might be using on the Galaxy Note 7's iris scanner. The system, using multiple-cameras, will first capture the eyes and face of a user. It then employs three lenses to make sure that the iris being scanned matches the earlier recorded image. Infrared rays could be aimed at the eyes, controlled by the Applications Processor.

The first lens on the iris scanner will feature two narrow field lenses that will focus on the user's eyes. The second lens has a wide field of view to capture the face of the user. If the face or eyes cannot be recognized, a voice message will be pushed out telling the user to try again. Since most smartphone users aren't used to using an iris scanner, we'd expect most to hear that voice message over and over until they get the hang of batting their baby blues at their handset to get it to unlock.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 could be unveiled on August 2nd, and released in the middle of that month.


via PatentlyMobile

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34 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

I don't expect it to be perfect as I think they will advertise this as feature for enterprise users only , not everyday instagramer .

2. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

No way I will use this feature it's inconvenient for everyday user. Not flaming or anything but I see this as being used only by people in need of such security.

9. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

"No way I will use this feature it's inconvenient for everyday user." Not if it's anything like Windows Hello on Windows devices: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMdVHDqJsEs Then again, it could be extremely slow like S-Voice had appeared to be in many videos, so much so, reviewers don't even bother talking about it anymore.

17. Landon

Posts: 1245; Member since: May 07, 2015

I'm quite impressed after watching that video. Pitch black and it still unlocks that quickly? Bravo, Microsoft. Also, Samsung should just get rid of S-Voice. It's garbage and Samsung knows it considering it's not even the default assistant on the Note 5.

38. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

My 950XL takes a second. At first it was horrible and full of problems. But the insider builds and new firmware have improved it quite a bit. There's also the fact I did a lot of optimization at different angles and such. If say I'm in the store and i pop out my phone. I don't have to raise it to my face i just look down from a decent distance and it unlocks. I also have big eyes though so that may help hah. This is still the first of its kind. So my guess is the more companies that start going in this direction the cheaper and better the tech will become.

18. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

You are a true tech fan bruh! Very nice find indeed. This should shut up the haters. I wished I saw your post, before I did mine.

16. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

How exactly would you know? Have you use it before? How many phones have an iris scanner? Because I haven't seen any yet. Also, any technology is quirky at first. You know how many times the Wright brothers probably crashed a plane before they got it right? Who exactly needs such security? How about...ANYONE! In a day an age where the Gov't and 3rd parties are able to steal data, this is an added layer of protection for anyone. Example, fingerprint scanners were duped just days later. Considering we all touch the display with any one of the 8 fingers and 2 thumbs, the prints can be lifted and used to unlock the phone. But the chances of someone having your eye-ball is right now 0%. I can't say who need this tech specifically. Its being made available to you. You can choose to make use for it if you buy this phone, after all you are paying for it if you use it or not. You may want to use it for certain cases, like maybe when on vacation where its more likely you could use a phone. Or maybe you are being pulled over by the cops, or maybe you have a nosy wife or mom. My Surface pro 4 uses a similar technology to unlock the home screen. It actually works roughly as fast as any fingerprint reader I used. As long as I am in front of the camera it unlock right away.Even fingerprint readers don't read your finger 100% of the time on the first try. Anytime something doesn't work as expected, its inconvenient. Hasn't stopped us from using those things though. Right? Should this be any different?

32. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Well i was saying same thing for finger print scanner.. got the LG G5 ( price you cant refuse at 350$ canadian ) and not i cannot stop using it so fast! So i refrain from saying i wont use thats lol. Still with today security camera... catching someone iris will soon be possible easily. PS: not a single time my G5 fingerprint scanner missed its unlocked 100% of the time but i have the phone since about 1 week only.

40. dimas

Posts: 3363; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Every new-born technology have flaws on first generation, even first gen iphones have those flaws and forgiven. Give iris scanner development a chance, kudos to windows also for mass production of it last year.

47. engineer-1701d unregistered

Irish counties of being in a few phones for a while now and they're really good I could see having both finger and I just one of the backup but honestly I think everybody needs to quit with the crap and just go with Cole, ultrasound through the glass if we don't need the home button they can just be a touch button

3. Bankz

Posts: 2542; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Seems like a hassle to me. Also, Looks like a solution looking for a problem. Anyway, thats what we always say until they silence us once again. I'm actually wondering what this phone might bring aside an iris scanner. Every other rumor seems to be standard affair tbh. With minor spec bumps everywhere. This year will belong to the moto z, ip7+ and the Note 6. Although, Seems the moto z might remain the most innovative phone in recent years and probably for some time to come (minus the sales).

7. nctx77

Posts: 2540; Member since: Sep 03, 2013

"a solution looking for a problem" This is exactly how I feel!

19. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Explain this solution -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMdVHDqJsEs Oh and there is a problem. Security is a problem, considering fingerprint readers have been duped on Samsung and IOS devices. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/iphone-6-touch-id-fingerprint-scanner-hacked-days-after-launch-1466843 https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Samsung+fingerprint+reader+hacked&tbm=vid So these links show that fingerprint readers can be bluffed very easily. All someone needs is your phone and time. So I'd say this new thing is a plausible solution to a problem.

37. willard12 unregistered

What issues were you having with your iphone before 3D touch came in and saved the day?

20. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Oh and there is a problem. Security is a problem, considering fingerprint readers have been duped on Samsung and IOS devices. http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/iphone-6-touch-id-fingerprint-scanner-hacked-days-after-launch-1466843 https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=Samsung+fingerprint+reader+hacked&tbm=vid So these links show that fingerprint readers can be bluffed very easily. All someone needs is your phone and time. So I'd say this new thing is a plausible solution to a problem.

4. manojmcn

Posts: 633; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

For regular users the fingerprint scanner is enough. The iris scanner will help enterprise users where the policy mandates such secure features.

5. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

Sam needs to wait Apple to do it to know how we do it in a perfect way.

23. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm sure after Samsung does it, Apple will. All Apple does anymore is copy features from others.

25. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Seriously? Like how the 6S camera is better than the 6 camera? Yet its not? You are aware that Apple dodnt make any featur eof its phone. Its all made of of bought technologies. They didnt make the fingerprint reader they have. They bought it from a company who already did all the work required to make it work. if we all waited on Apple, we woudlnt even have displays above 720p, we would have phones above 10", we would have copy/paste swipe keyboard, wireless charging, fast charging, bigger batteries, split-screen, floating windows and so much more. Apple can't even perfect their own ugly phone design. You keep on waiting for Apple's slow ass, while the rest of us enjoy the best tech first.

28. InsertUsernameHere

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 31, 2014

I didn't know there was phones that have screen sizes above 10 inches.

46. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

Typo man...just a typo...lol Apple has always relied on the movements of others to bring it to the table, not once did Apple try to bring anything to the table that benefited everyone. Apple moves have pushed others to do better soon er and they have and now they all have left Apple behind. With the money they have, it's OK to be behind in a few things. But, to purposely hold tech back from your own customers who have supported you through good and bad is tacky

29. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

The 6s camera is better than the 6's camera though.

34. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

Depend. iphone 6 camera result feel better in low light compared to 6S. Otherwise 6S have a tad more detail.

45. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No it isnt. All sites that did both say the 6s camera is worse. Side by side test show the 6S is worse too. https://youtu.be/DaG9-J3f0CU I will let you judge

49. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

I have the 6s plus so fudge the 6s lol because the 6s plus is better.

31. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

Why even bother with cnour's comments? smh I just sigh at such posts of his.

6. Obádárà

Posts: 217; Member since: Nov 02, 2015

... WOW! SAMSUNG IS AT IT AGAIN. I HOPE APPLE FANS WILL NOT SAY THEY COPY THIS FROM THEM. SAMMY RULES THE WORLD OF MOBILE TECH...

39. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

keep dreaming, their not even the best at innovation

15. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Taking a face and iris scan and branding it as purely an iris scanner is smart on Samsung's part, that way if it can't read one it will mostly read the other giving the phone 2 chances to get it right. I suspect the "iris scanner" on the Note 7 will actually work pretty well but if it's not as face as the fp scanner then I don't see average people using it.

26. TechieXP1969

Posts: 14967; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I'm betting on it being as fast as this -https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nMdVHDqJsEs

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