Today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced the continuation of Apple’s patent, which refers to the method of simple authentication of several user devices at once using a newly designed system for user authentication using authenticated devices.
One aspect of Apple’s invention is a user authentication system using device authentication. The system includes a authenticated device carried by the user, such as a head-mounted device, where the user is currently authenticated to access the restricted access function of the authenticated device. The system also includes an immediate device having a locked and unlocked state, where the user in the locked state is not available to the restricted access function of the proximity device, and the restricted access function of the proximity device can be accessed by the user in the unlocked state.
An authenticated device can detect the immediate device, determine the user’s intention to access the restricted access function of the proximity device while the immediate device is locked, and broadcast authentication data.
Based on the authentication data, the immediate device identifies the user as an authenticated user and enters the unlocked state from the locked state, so that the restricted access function of the proximate device is available to the user.
Apple’s patent FIG. 2 below shows a block diagram of a system for user authentication using device authentication; FIGURE Figure 3 shows a flow diagram of an example of user authentication using an authenticated device.
The wearable head-mounted device # 222 may be functional for user authentication (# 230) and may identify the user as a verified user. For example, a wearable head device may include one or more sensors to verify the identity of the user, such as biometric sensors.
The authenticated device can determine the user’s intent based on a body-to-body command expressed by the user and recognized by the authenticated device.
For example, a certified device may receive or detect a body movement command expressed by a user indicating the user’s intention to access a proximate device, and a certified device may specify that a user intends to access an immediate device or limited access to their function in response to body movement detection.
For example, the certified device may present a request for confirmation of intent, such as an audio or video output indicating “unlock nod,” and the certified device may identify a motion-motion-motion nod expressed by the user as an indication of the user’s intention to access the immediate device.
It should be borne in mind that today’s patent application published by the USPTO is the one from continuation of the patent whereby Apple is shown to update and / or add certain technologies, features, and / or methods that it seeks to legally extend, protect, and include in its granted patent that is legally permitted. Any changes and / or additions to their invention are limited to Apple’s patent claims which are legally binding.
Apple’s granted patent released in January 2021 filed 5 patent claims relating to the “System” and 15 claims relating to the “Method”.
Today’s patent extension covers 14 new patent claims relating to the “System” and 6 new patent claims relating to the “Method”. Below are a few key additions to the patent claim:
Patent application no. 1: A user authentication system, a system comprising: a head-mounted device, wherein the user is able to access the head-mounted device restricted access function in response to a head-mounted user authentication; and an immediate device, whereby the user cannot access the restricted access function of the immediate device, wherein the head-mounted device is functional for: identifying that differences in predetermined spatial orientation of the approximate device relative to the user are below the time variation threshold exceeding time threshold; and in response to determining that variations of a predetermined spatial orientation are below the time variation threshold, broadcast authentication data that includes the identity of the user of the head-mounted device to the immediate device so that the user can access the restricted direct device access function.
Patent application no. 13 A user authentication system, comprising: a authenticated device, including a restricted access function that the user can access in response to a user authentication by the authenticated device; and an immediate device that includes a restricted access function that the user can access in response to an immediate device that receives authentication data that includes the user’s identity from the authenticated device, wherein the authenticated device is functional to: identify the absence of the user’s intention to access , and in response to determining the absence of the user’s intention to access the restricted access function of the immediate device, emits a lock signal which in response to the detecting lock signal, the immediate device enters a locked state and the restricted access function of the proximate device is unavailable to the user.
Review Apple’s further patent 20210105614 for more detailed details and their full 20 new patent claims.
Given that this is a continuation of the patent, the current time of release of such a product on the market is unknown.