Samsung On Palm Reading Software
Samsung is probably working on palm reading technology, according to patents discovered. If the company is planning to implement the technology into smartphones, this will add another biometric recognition technology to Android-based devices, joining facial, iris, fingerprint and even voice. However, the patent states that the Galaxy smartphone uses the camera to scan the palm of the user in order to provide a password hint. Furthermore, the password appears to be hidden within the palm print itself.
I can see a couple of problems with this technology. One is that the patent documentation only shows a single camera being used, which means it will be easier for the technology to be spoofed by a picture of a palm rather than the actual palm. Another is that scanning an entire palm for a password hint does not seem to be any quicker than any of the other biometric technologies we’ve already seen Samsung used in smartphones. Sure, Samsung might embed the technology to help customers remember account passwords and suchlike, but most customers add an application or email to their device and forget about the password until they try to re-add the same application or account to a new device. Perhaps we will be able to unlock Samsung Galaxy smartphones by giving the device a virtual high five should the technology be compatible with the front facing camera?
I am not sure where Samsung is going with this idea, but from what I can see it appears the South Korean company has invented yet another technology we didn’t know we needed, and something else to clutter up the already cluttered TouchWiz interface. Perhaps it’s destined for Samsung’s lower end devices, which do not have a fingerprint sensor or a dual camera arrangement? It seems that Samsung’s “useless innovation department” has been working overtime on this one.
And here was me thinking that Samsung were planning on giving their smartphones the ability to read our futures.