Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Please click for more information, or scroll down to pass the ad, or Close Ad.
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Apple/Mac
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Goodbye Passwords? Apple Patents Gestural Access Control
Goodbye Passwords? Apple Patents Gestural Access Control

By Barry Levine
September 3, 2013 2:08PM

    Bookmark and Share
Wondering what Apple plans next for the iPhone and Mac computers? Patents tell all and Apple's just awarded patent for "access mode control of a device" holds a bevy of clues. Plans for gesture control of Apple devices could include drawing alphanumeric figures, or geometric figures like a circle, via a touchscreen, keypad, keyboard, mouse or stylus.
 



While speculation has swirled about the possibility of a fingerprint reader on an upcoming iPhone rather than security via a password, there is now confirmation that Apple has been moving on another front. On Tuesday, the technology giant was awarded a patent for accessing levels of apps, device services and functions using gestures.

The patent, No. 8,528,072, is entitled "Method, apparatus and system for access mode control of a device," and it was first filed in 2010. It describes "access input" in which the input is a gesture, and succeeding access inputs unlock successive levels. One of the uses could be the implementation of user accounts on, say, an iPad, so that different family members might have different sets of icons, profiles and apps.

Using a gesture for unlocking could make it easier for a small child, or anyone tired of remembering passcodes, to enter his own space. The gesture could determine which hardware functions are available, in addition to which apps or services, so that, for instance, a child might not be able to print endlessly.

Drawing Figures

Currently, the iOS operating system does afford some basic level of access control, where a user needs to enter a password to unlock his mobile device. A user can configure a device so that certain apps, such as Siri or Reply with Message, are available even if the password has not been entered and the device is locked.

While gestures are described as the input, a main thrust of the patent is the concurrent locking or unlocking of functions or apps at levels. For instance, the first access level might make email available but keep everything else locked, while the next access level could lock email but make contacts and the browser available. Other possibilities include unlocking and then locking different functions within one application at each level.

Gestures could include drawing alphanumeric figures, or geometric figures like a circle, or some combination. The combination might be related to the level being opened, so that, for example, a rectangle and the letter E could open email. Gestures can be input not only through a touchscreen or a keypad, but also through a keyboard, a mouse, a stylus or even voice recognition.

Biometric Input

As users have to juggle long lists of usernames and passwords throughout a normal day and across a variety of devices, the appeal of non-password security is growing. Evidence has been mounting that Apple is taking more than a casual interest in the field, for ease-of-use possibilities as well as competitive positioning.

A beta version of iOS 7, released in July to developers, contained code for biometric scanning that handled fingerprint recognition from a left or right thumb. The code also included a tutorial section with a photo of a person holding the iPhone with the right hand "while touching the Home button with the thumb."

A year ago, Apple spent more than a third of a billion dollars to buy a company called AuthenTec, which provided fingerprint sensor and identity management technology for mobile devices, as well as for governments and networking companies.

In fall of 2012, Apple received a patent for a biometric unlocking mechanism that is hidden until a user conducts an action, such as pushing a Home button. The scanner could be used for fingerprints, face recognition, or eye scanning, and could be employed as a second factor in two-factor authentication.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

Sal D'Agostino:

Posted: 2013-09-04 @ 6:35am PT
Interesting, I guess it is only the patent office and lawyers that see access control as specific to a thing. So how do these patents compare to this HID announcement https://www.hidglobal.com/node/18998



Your Next Generation Data Center Is Here! Vblock™ Systems: the world's most advanced converged infrastructure are built on the Cisco Unified Computing System with Intel® Xeon® processors. Vblock™ Systems deliver extraordinary time to market, ROI and TCO, and flexibility to meet your continually changing demands with 5X faster deployment, 96% less downtime, and 1/2 the cost. Click here to learn more.


 Apple/Mac
1.   Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
2.   Samsung Tech Experts Talk Patents
3.   Phones Annoy Patent Trial Judge
4.   Apple vs. Samsung: Latest News
5.   Hey Siri, Can You Hear Me Now?


advertisement
Google, Rockstar Suit Stays in Calif.
Judge not fooled by Apple's tricks.
Average Rating:
Phones Annoy Patent Trial Judge
Disrupting Apple-Samsung proceedings.
Average Rating:
Finding Apple-Samsung Jury Hard
Locals have strong opinions on case.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Heartbleed Could Cost Millions, Could Have Been Prevented
Early estimates of Heartbleed’s cost to enterprises are running in the millions. The reason: revoking all the SSL certificates the bug exposed will come at a very hefty price. Some say it all could have been avoided.
 
Michaels Says Nearly 3M Credit, Debit Cards Breached
Arts and crafts retail giant Michaels Stores has confirmed that a data breach at its POS terminals from May 2013 to Jan. 2014 may have exposed nearly 3 million customer credit and debit cards.
 
Google's Street View Software Unravels CAPTCHAs
The latest software Google uses for its Street View cars to read street numbers in images for Google Maps works so well that it also solves CAPTCHAs, those puzzles designed to defeat bots.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Vaio Fit 11A Battery Danger Forces Recall by Sony
Using a Sony Vaio Fit 11A laptop? It's time to send it back to Sony. In fact, Sony is encouraging people to stop using the laptop after several reports of its Panasonic battery overheating.
 
Continued Drop in Global PC Shipments Slows
Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the global slump in PC demand may be easing, with a considerable slowdown from last year's drops.
 
Google Glass Finds a Home in Medical Education, Practice
The innovative headpiece may find its niche in markets where hands-free access to data can be a big advantage. Glass experiments for doctors are already under way, with some promising results.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Review: Siri-Like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap
With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way, taking some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants, with new tools too.
 
With Galaxy S5, Samsung Proves Less Can Be More
Samsung has produced the most formidable rival yet to the iPhone 5s: the Galaxy S5. The device is the fifth edition of the company's successful line of Galaxy S smartphones, and shows less can be more.
 
Facebook Rolls Out Potentially Intrusive Location-Sharing
Looking for friends? Facebook users in the U.S. will soon be able to see which of their friends are nearby, using a smartphone's GPS. Could be a cool feature in some cases, or way too much information.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | Small Business | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.