What you need to know
- An Apple Patent has revealed a system that could allow users to authenticate themselves with multiple devices.
- The system involves wearing a head-mounted wearable device that could verify the identity of a user.
- The patent could be another clue pointing towards an augmented/virtual reality experience from Apple.
An Apple patent has revealed how someone using an AR headset could unlock multiple devices at the same time.
The newly published patent is titled 'Authenticated Device Assisted User Authentication' and its description states:
The patent diagrams (pictured) very clearly shows someone wearing some kind of AR/VR headset, and using it to unlock multiple devices all at the same time. The background of the patent notes:
Buried in the patent are some big clues that Apple may be looking further into an augmented or virtual reality experience:
Of course, as with all patents, there is no guarantee that this will ever see the light of day as a product, however, rumors of an Apple-powered AR/VR experience are rife. If it is indeed planning to launch some kind of wearable headset, this patent would allow you to unlock all of your Apple devices in the vicinity at the same time.
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