“On May 7, 2015, the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Apple that relates to the transmission of invisible light and, more particularly, to the transmission of data using invisible light via a display assembly of an electronic device like an iPhone, Apple Watch or other future devices,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple.
The device’s display may be configured to transmit invisible light data onto and through a second region of the display surface. In some embodiments, invisible light data may be transmitted by the display to provide the data necessary to redeem the ticket described by textual information visible light data. Therefore, in some embodiments, invisible light data may be generated and transmitted under the control of the same application as GUI 170 (e.g., an airline ticketing application).
“The technology is already working with the Apple Watch as was shown in Apple’s video called ‘Rise,'” Purcher reports. “The Apple Watch in context with an airline boarding pass is shown at the 38 second mark of the video.”
Read more in the full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s “Rise” video appears to show a standard QR code that is scanned at the airport gate. It’s not clear if the technology described in the patent application above is already in use in the current Apple Watch models.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]