Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), thanks to its BlackBerry operating system, has won over many security-sensitive enterprise and government clients over the years with the security and privacy measures it has put into its various mobile devices, and BlackBerry 10 is no exception. Now, with the new innovation being wearable tech – see Google Glass and the highly rumored but never confirmed iWatch – BlackBerry has filed a patent application for a form of wearable technology that may enhance security for many BlackBerry users.
Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) posted its patent involving infrared light – the invisible infrared light and a smartphone. In the simplest way to describe this, a smartphone user could wear a lapel pin, glasses, or tie that have a small device attached that emits an invisible infrared light beam at the screen of a smartphone. If the user wants to view sensitive information on the screen, the user points the infrared light at the display and can view the information.
But, the moment that infrared light loses contact with the display – like if the person looks away or moves to put the phone in his pocket – the display then scrambles, so the information on the screen can not be read by anyone else. Apparently this can be configured to an individual user and a time frame – for example, the display doesn’t have to scramble immediately; it can be set to scramble if the infrared signal is lost for, say, three seconds.
There are reportedly other ways to handle this technology – such as, Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) could set up this effect for individual user profiles. In other words, specific users could see information only relevant to them – if Bob was looking at confidential information with the technology and Jim then used the phone, Jim would not be able to see whatever Bob was seeing unless the settings were configured to allow it. Jim would only see what he could or was allowed to see. And the same would go the other way too. Information not for Bob’s eyes would be scrambled and unreadable.
What do you think abut this idea of wearable tech by Research In Motion Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)? how are your security features on your current smartphone? Can they be improved? Could this be an improvement? Let us know your thoughts in the comment s section below.