With Acoustic Imaging, You’ll Be Able To Unlock The iPhone With Your Nose, Ears & Other Body Parts Suggests Patent

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Feb 23, 2017
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2017 is a year for change in mobile. A lot of upgrades will make it on smartphones, which will completely redefine user experience. The biggest of these for Apple and Samsung will be button free front facades. A big part for the iPhone 8 will be its ability to replace a physical home button with one that’s completely virtual. In fact, the device is also rumored to feature a function bar at the bottom that’s akin to the one found on the MacBook Pro. Today, an Apple patent suggests how Cupertino might achieve this. Take a look below for more.

Apple’s Latest Patent Highlights The Use Of Transducers To Detect Changes On The iPhone’s Display

Say what you want about Apple, without Cupertino, things won’t be half as interesting as they are for the mobile world. After all, here’s the company that removed the 3.5mm earphone jack on its smartphone and called the move ‘courageous’. This new found courage won’t end with the iPhone 8, as this year’s iPhone will also make some rather bold moves.

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Removal of the home button from the iPhone 8 will convert the device in a true touch smartphone. It’s a big move in the smartphone world, one that’s been due for quite a while. Of course, a move like this will also create its own set of complications. To address these, Apple’s looking to utilize acoustic imaging. It works in principle similarly to how sonar waves are used to generate underground maps, but at a similar scale.

To make things simple, Apple will place transducers beneath the iPhone’s display. These will work in two modes. The first mode will generate sound waves, and the second will receive these waves back. Any subsequent impediments to these waves will be registered as an input via contact with the substrate. An onboard image resolver will scan these images and report it to the iPhone. Of course, at this point you’d wonder what will stop the image resolver to register all contacts with the substrate as inputs? Well, it’s simple.

Ridges in the finger pad will generate a specific impedance, which will then authenticate a user’s identity  based on specific patterns. The great thing about this tech is that it’s highly customizable. Not only can the transducers and the resolver be placed anywhere, they can also recognize a variety of body parts. Want to unlock your iPhone with your ear? Check. Sounds pretty cool if you ask us. If it makes it on the iPhone 8, it’ll be a big win for Apple. There’s nothing suggesting so on the rumor mill. Fingers crossed? Let us know what you think in the comments section below and stay tuned for the latest. We’ll keep you updated in the meantime.

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