Apple wants to embed cardiac sensors into an iPhone case to identify you

Adding biometric to  sensors to electronic devices for user identification, is not a new thing.

Sometimes they are fingerprint readers, face or iris recognition sensors, voice recognition software, etc; But most of them are bulky, require additional, sometimes cumbersome, efforts by the users. So even if biometric recognition is present in the device, it often goes unused.

Now Apple has an idea of a new biometric recognition approach on your iPhone, to make the process seamlessly “magical”.

By embedding the cardiac sensors in iPhone case:

When you hold an iPhone in your hand, cardiac sensors, integrated into the iPhone case, are able to monitor your heart rhythm, and identify the person holding the device.

And that’s about it. No passwords that can be glimpsed or guessed, fancy gesture movements on a touchscreen, that can be easily recognized. Just pick up an iPhone, and it already knows it’s you.

Pretty cool idea. Unfortunately, it’s only at a patent stage, and it’s implementation will depend a lot on  availability of reliable enough sensors, and processing software, which may not be up to the task yet.

But hey, if Apple can make it work sooner or later, I’m all for it.


Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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  • Daniel Young

    How will it cater for my AF – irregular heartbeat. I hope heart monitors become the future of big brother monitoring as I will be unidentifiable…

  • SunnyGuy53

    Reminds me of this quote from 2001: A Space Odyssey …

    Hal: Look Dave, I can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over.

    Sunny Guy

  • Selena Makeba

    …And you're all for it, huh?

    Any method of identifying you without your express permission should be considered as an affront to your privacy. Because even if you do not value your privacy today, you should be concerned that so many in big business and government want so badly to breach its borders. You seem intelligent enough to at least ask why.

  • Staska


    Well, I've seen Minority Report, etc;

    On the other hand, I've had my psw,etc; boken and it cost me a lot


  • Reynaldo

    Interesting, but i thing the phone will never unlock, my heart rhythm always change, specially when i saw a sexy girl.

  • bellt57

    The next great mobile device patent will be Patent Application 12/220,295. See Info

  • Tim

    So the one time you need the phone the most — say — if you're having a heart attack, you won't be able to place a call?