Samsung developing Biosignal ID for smartwatch to process financial transactions

March 30, 2015 - 

Samsung has been working on remedying issues with its fingerprint scanner for smartphones and tablets, along with developing a way to perform user authentication on its Gear smartwatch, according to a report by Patently Apple.

The ability to perform user authentication on its smartwatch is especially crucial for Samsung considering it recently acquired LoopPay and is working on a way to enable its smartwatch to seamlessly conduct financial transactions in the future.

Samsung filed a U.S. patent application back in the first quarter of 2014 that specifically relates to a smartwatch performing user authentication using unique biosignals.

According to the patent application, the smartwatch features a first sensor designed to detect a first biosignal that is generated when a user makes a gesture, and a second sensor that detects a second biosignal of the user.

The device’s memory is able to store the data of the first and second biosignal of at least one user.

The processor initiates user authentication based on determining whether the detected first biosignal matches with the stored data, and authenticates the user by comparing the detected second biosignal to the stored data.

It remains to be seen if Samsung will be able to fully develop the new biosignal ID system and market in a timely manner to compete against Apple’s Touch ID on Apple Watch.

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