The company notes that electronic devices often include limited access features. For example, a television may require a passcode of a user in order to view particular channels or, in other cases, to turn on the television after or before a certain time of day. In a different example, a thermostat may require a physical key in order to change temperatures or settings. Further, a home security system may require an access code in order to arm or disarm a system.
The access controller could distinguish between candidate users, approved users, and denied users using Touch ID.
The biometric sensor may be included within a portable remote that is in communication with the electronic device the candidate user seeks to operate. For example, the sensor may be included in a remote control for a television or, in other examples, the sensor may be included within a control panel for use with a home automation system. In still further examples, the sensor may be included within a multi-function portable electronic device such as a smart phone, wearable device, health monitor, or other similar device. In each of these and related embodiments, the portable remote may receive biometric data from the biometric sensor which may be compared against template biometric data in order to affirmatively identify a candidate user as an approved user or, in the alternative, to identify the candidate user as a denied user. The template biometric data may be previously recorded or otherwise collected from an authorized user during a training process. For example, the template data may be a previously-measured fingerprint of an authorized user.
Apple's patent is particularly interesting because the company is rumored to be introducing a new Apple TV which could make use of Touch ID for accessing its television and HomeKit features.
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