We are back to talking about Apple Glass. According to a new patent, AR glasses may be able to unlock all nearby Apple devices.
A new patent granted to Apple today shows how the company’s AR glasses can automatically unlock all of our Apple devices, in much the same way we unlock our Mac with the Apple Watch.
The patent acknowledges that having to unlock each of our devices individually can be slightly annoying when we use several:
Many electronic devices restrict access to various features based on authentication of the user’s identity. When multiple devices are used at the same time, procedures to unlock each device individually can delay user access and reduce the quality of the user experience.
The patent does not use the term Apple Glasses, of course, but the language makes it quite clear, referring to “an authenticated device that is worn by a user as a head-mounted device”.
The usual complicated patent language is used, but the key – as with the Apple Watch – is proximity. Devices are unlocked when they are within close range.
The patent also includes other options, in case a user does not want the devices to be unlocked without any interaction. These include spatial orientation (presumably facing the device), voice command, a body gesture, an eye gesture, or a “motion gesture”, perhaps approaching the device.
What do you think?