Microsoft patent filing shows fingerprint biometrics for authentication on over-ear headphones
Microsoft is looking into upgrading its Surface Headphones by embedding a biometric fingerprint reader for authentication, according to a new patent published by the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office spotted by Patently Apple.
The dual-mode headset would be linked to the user’s electronic device, such as a PC or tablet, according to the patent filing. The company notes in the patent that many electronic devices do not include built-in fingerprint authentication functionality.
To address this, the headset features a platform that may enable integrated fingerprint authentication, allowing a user to securely logging into an account or device during a private listening session.
Although an initial illustration shows the headphones work with a wired connection, the company says it could support both wireless and optical communications.
The patent was recently published by the USPTO, and Microsoft filed for it back in Q4 2019.
Patently Apple notes that Apple was granted a patent for over-ear headphones with external touch controls in February, and a more recent application describes the integration of sensors to boost their security. Apple has also put work into embedding advanced biometrics in its AirPod headphones.