Apple Patents: When it comes to technology patents, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is one of those companies that never slow down. No matter what, Apple is always looking to secure patents for technology it may use in the future.
Most recently, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) was granted a patent for “Digital handshake between devices.”
While this may not mean much to you right now, after reading the abstract you will have a better understanding of what it is all about:
“This is directed to a digital handshake for establishing a secure communications path between two electronic devices. Each device can capture an image of the other device using a camera (e.g., a front facing camera or a back facing camera) and extract, from the captured image, a key or seed associated with the other device. For example, each device can display a seed to be identified from an image taken by the other device. Using the extracted keys or seeds, each device can generate, using a same process, an identical digital handshake key.”
“The digital handshake key can then be used to define a secure communications path between the two devices and share information securely. In some embodiments, a digital handshake key can be shared among several devices to create a multi-device secure communications path. Once a communications path has been established, the devices in the path can be identified and authenticated from the digital handshake key to receive access to secured goods, services or information.”
In short, this technology will allow one Apple phone to take a picture of another as a means of setting up a network as a means of sharing information in a secure environment.
How much content do you currently store on your Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) device? Like many, the answer is “too much to count.” And like many, you may want to share some of this content – such as contacts and video – with others.
Rather than rely on direct messaging and email in the future, Apple Inc. may allow you to take advantage of this technology. Not only would it make the transfer process more efficient, but it would also do so in a secure environment.
The patent offers more information on this, saying, “applications can relate to one or more of games, e-books, business, education, finance, healthcare, lifestyle, navigation, news, productivity, reference, social networking, sports, utilities, travel, and weather. Using the electronic devices, users can generate or access information (e.g., data or application displays) that a user may wish to share with others.”
This Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) patent was filed for on May 26, 2010. The inventors are listed as Marcel Van Os and Caroline Cranfill.
For a longer look at Apple’s patent portfolio, check out 15 of Cupertino’s most mind-blowing patents.
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