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Samsung patents an authentication method for Gear VR based on "head recognition"

The Galaxy S8 is undoubtedly one of the most generous phones in terms of security features and biometric authentication offering users not one, but three trendy ways to lock or unlock the device: through a fingerprint scanner, an iris scanner, and face detection capabilities. But neither these, nor the password- or swipe-based methods can be used to unlock the phone if it is inside the Gear VR headset – you need to first get it out, unlock it, and then put it back. But a new Samsung patent application registered in South Korea suggests that the company may have found a more intuitive solution to this issue.

The patent application describes an original authentication method that could be used with a “head mounted display device” such as the Gear VR. To be more precise, the company proposes a system that can recognize the shape of one’s head. To do that, the system relies on a bunch of sensors detecting physical variables like pressure, bending and stretching. Based on the data collected, the headset determines the exact size and shape of the head of the user, and then decides whether to unlock the mobile device, or not.

As always, a patent application does not necessarily mean that the solution proposed will eventually appear in a real product. But we will not be surprised to see a similar "head recognition" approach debuting in some of the next versions of the Gear VR. After all, Samsung is putting a lot of efforts in developing its virtual reality headset and making it more attractive to the masses. In May, for example, the company has announced a new partnership providing original content for the Gear VR, and recent reports from Korea claim that Samsung is working on a new OLED display for VR headsets – one with ultra-high pixel density.

via Galaxy Pub


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