Samsung patent uses veins for biometric authentication on wearable device

A newly published Samsung patent titled “Wearable Device and Method of Operating the Same” was filed on July 29, 2015 and published on February 4, 2016.

The patent summary describes a wearable device with a sensor that includes an infrared light source and camera that captures a vein image of the user, which is processed and used to identify the user. If the vein image captured matches at least one registered vein image, a specific function or application would be run.

According to a report by Fast Company, once positive identification is established, the device could display what it knows to be the user’s personal music playlists, contact lists, and ringtones. The technology might also be very useful for authenticating the wearer to access high-security things like cars or hotel room doors.

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