Word on the streets is that Apple is working on even more reasons to buy a new Watch. What? A built-in electrocardiogram wasn’t enough? What do we need? Face ID? A camera? How about yet another built-in security feature.
Let me coin the phrase Skin ID. Since Watch has a scanner on the back, why not add one that scans your skin and moles and hair wherever you place Watch, and identifies you that way, instead of the password?
The way Watch works now is easy enough, but it means that anyone with your password can get into your Watch while you’re away, charging it, or even sleeping. Watch won’t work until you enter the password. iPhone won’t either, but that’s only after a restart or power on. You still need that password.
Watch Series-whatever in the near future might have some kind of biometric sensor on the back or integrated into a Watch band that makes it easier than a password or even Face ID. Apple has a patent that displays a thermal sensor that can use wrist hair patterns and skin texture which then can authenticate your identity and unlock the watch.
Patently Apple tracks the company’s patents and this one might have legs. At least, legs enough to show up on a product in the near future. Most of Apple’s patents never show up in a product.
Why does this patent have some legs?
One patent covers the possible implementation of a next-generation form of Biometrics just for Apple Watch. A second patent covers an Apple Watch band with an illumination system that could provide live icons that change to inform users of health status etc.
In other words, Apple Watch could display icons with alerts to notify you of your health status. Something like that already works with the built-in heart rate sensor but could go beyond something so critical.
With always-on Siri listening to your every word (yes, there might be a battery life breakthrough this century; maybe a solar-powered Watch), such icons could come to life and issue dire warnings.
- Wil, this is the third time this week that Kate hung up on you; is there a problem?
- Wil, you are driving too fast now, so I’m going to slow down the car to a safe level.
- Wil, you are one day overdue for a shower and a shave; people nearby are beginning to complain (Sir will have super hearing in AirPods version 5 by then).
The technology is
hear here already but why haven’t we seen anything with voice recognition yet? All our devices have multiple microphones. Voice recordings are something akin to fingerprints. Where is voice recognition? Or, rather, Voice ID.
Look at all the security options we could have in the not-too-distant future. Passwords, Face ID, Touch ID, Skin ID, and Voice ID.