Samsung is stepping in Apple’s footprints when it comes to biometric identification. Its newest patent implies authentication by veins, to to speak, and will be embedded in smartwatches and other wearables that connect to you at the wrist.
If everything goes to plan, light sensors will work with the camera sensor to unveil a user’s vein structure and also his pulse, both of which are unique to every individual. From that point on, this patent could translate in a software capable of detecting user preferences and customizing contact lists and ringtones. Of course, this type of technology would help users connect quicker to various access points, the wearable device acting like a key to hotel rooms or personal cars.
This new patent is not a breakthrough in biometrics as Apple Watch has a similar system, so far used to provide cardiac information and monitor current health state. In both cases though, the vein recognition system could be utilized as a new way to authenticate, besides fingerprint and facial recognition.
As mobile payments through wearables are expected to increase in the next five years by hundreds of billion dollars, we should see more updates from these two giants really soon.