Apple Wants To Capture Your Heart

Apple, always the innovator, is looking for the key to your heart. Security is a major concern in computing, particularly with smaller mobile devices becoming more capable. Apple thinks it has the answer.

The patent describes a method of detecting an authorized user by the pulse in the veins and arteries in the hand holding the device.

A sensor built into the device would detect your heart rhythm, apparently as unique as a fingerprint or retina. Other uses have been suggested, such as mood detection or managing user profiles.

I’ve not heard much about cardiac signatures before, but this strikes me as a more convenient solution than entering passwords, and far less hokey than the idea of holding up your eye to the camera for a retina scan. What a ‘handy’ way to solve the security issue.

Source: Unwired

Written by Toby Leftly

Toby is a Mac nerd, a hardware nerd and a web nerd, rolled into one. You can find him at or on Twitter.

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  • This would be awesome if they get it to work

  • Interesting to say the least, would actually like to see this put into motion so that it would actually only work for a single user.

  • Ok but what about a stress situation or think of an emergency. In an emergency case my heart would beat much faster and will i be able to unlock the phone to call a doctor or the police?

  • I jumped on Wikipedia and read the article, but it was a lot like walking through pudding: slow going and afterward I felt kinda dirty.

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