Apple’s Face ID might become even more secure in the future with the ability to scan user’s face veins, reveals patents granted to Apple.
After revealing iPhone X, the makers have been exploring the possibility of scanning the veins beneath a face as another form of biometric authentication. This is something that even twins won’t be able to bypass.
The idea is to use optical transmitters that can emit multiple pulses of infrared light towards an area of the user’s body, which can be either a face or a hand. This infrared light is meant to pass through the skin and reflect off the user’s veins. The returning light will be received by an image capturing device that can accept the infrared light to form the image. The data will then be used to generate an image of the blood vessels within the area.
Veins being an internal part of the body will be nearly impossible to replicate as a counterfeit. They are also unique to each person, hence a very good factor to use for authentication.
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has published a patent called “Vein imaging using detection of pulsed radiation” granted to Apple on Tuesday, first applied on 12 November 2015. The patent describes use of infrared emitter and receiver that have the capability to detect blood vessel patterns below the surface of the skin.
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