“Apple’s Face ID could become even more secure in the future, after the revelation the iPhone X producer has explored the possibility of scanning the pattern of veins in a user’s face as another form of biometric authentication,” Malcolm Owen reports for AppleInsider.

“The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published a patent on Tuesday called ‘Vein imaging using detection of pulsed radiation,’ granted to Apple,” Owen reports. “First applied for on November 12, 2015, the patent describes the use of an infrared emitter and a receiver that can detect blood vessel patterns below the surface of the skin.”

“The system consists of an optical transmitter that emits multiple pulses of infrared light towards an area of the user’s body, such as a hand or a face,” Owen reports. “The infrared light can pass through the skin and reflect off the user’s veins, with returning light received by an image capturing device capable of accepting IR light. ”

Read more, and see Apple’s patent application diagram, in the full article here.

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