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Haptic Feedback, Fingerprint Identification Could Come to iPhone

Haptic Feedback, Fingerprint Identification Could Come to iPhone

Posted July 2, 2009 at 12:25pm by iClarified · 7643 views
Newly published Apple patents suggest that Haptic Feedback and Fingerprint Identification may come to the iPhone, according to MacRumors.

Haptic Tactile Feedback
In this patent Apple outlines a way that the touch-based input components can use, for example, a grid of piezoelectric actuators to provide vibrational feedback to a user, while the user scrolls around a click wheel, slides across a trackpad, or touches a multi-touch display screen.

However, one of a touchscreen's biggest advantages (i.e., the ability to utilize the same physical space for different functions) is also one of a touchscreen's biggest disadvantages. When the user is unable to view the display (because the user is occupied with other tasks), the user can only feel the smooth hard surface of the touchscreen, regardless of the shape, size and location of the virtual buttons and/or other display elements. This makes it difficult for users to find icons, hyperlinks, textboxes or other user-selectable input elements that are being displayed, if any are even being displayed, without looking at the display.
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Unless touch input components are improved, users that, for example, drive a motor vehicle, may avoid devices that have a touch input component and favor those that have a plurality of physical input components (e.g., buttons, wheels, etc.).

Haptic Feedback, Fingerprint Identification Could Come to iPhone


Fingerprint Identification as an Input Method
In this patent Apple details systems and methods for controlling an electronic device by detecting and using a person's fingerprints. A device can store user input signatures, including fingerprint signatures. The user input signatures can, in turn, be associated with user-selectable commands. When a user provides user input (including fingerprints) to the electronic device that matches one of the stored user input signatures, the device can initiate the associated user-selectable command.
Haptic Feedback, Fingerprint Identification Could Come to iPhone


RFID Reader
Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is the use of an object (typically referred to as an RFID tag) applied to or incorporated into a product, animal, or person for the purpose of identification and tracking using radio waves. Some tags can be read from several meters away and beyond the line of sight of the reader. [Wikipedia]

Apple suggests that an RFID could be placed into the touch sensor panel...
The RFID antenna can be placed in the touch sensor panel, such that the touch sensor panel can now additionally function as an RFID transponder. No separate space-consuming RFID antenna is necessary. Loops (single or multiple) forming the loop antenna of the RFID circuit (for either reader or tag applications) can be formed from metal on the same layer as metal traces formed in the borders of a substrate. Forming loops from metal on the same layer as the metal traces are advantageous in that the loops can be formed during the same processing step as the metal traces, without requiring a separate metal layer.

[via MacRumors]
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Jay
Jay - July 2, 2009 at 12:29pm
Just something else to go wrong with it. If someone steals your phone and really wants it they will just reset the firmware DUH!
Jeff
Jeff - July 2, 2009 at 12:31pm
I Would Assume the Fingerprint Reader would work weather your Finger is on your hand and attached or NOT!
Tony
Tony - July 2, 2009 at 1:11pm
Attached or not is irrelevant. No one is going to cut off fingers to read someone's sms or what ever data is on the phone. The idea of biometric security is to diminish the need to constantly input your password every time you access your Iphone. It is not necessary but it does make life easier. It replaces pin code security. I myself do not use pin code security because but would enjoy the functionality of the Iphone scanning my finger before it activates the springboard. It is not security but more as privacy. Obviously if someone steals the phone they would just power down and reinstall the firmware but the biometric security is not meant to thwart off this type of threat just as pin code security does not either.
futuregator15
futuregator15 - July 2, 2009 at 2:17pm
Good post above.. I would like to see this feature along with the solar panel patient they filled a while back (if i'm not mistaken)
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