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This article was published on May 6, 2010

iPhone Heart Attack – Apple Applies For Cardiac Sensor Patent

iPhone Heart Attack – Apple Applies For Cardiac Sensor Patent
Chad Catacchio
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Ok, forget fingerprint readers, passwords or any of that low-tech stuff – Apple wants has applied for a patent to build a cardiac signature monitor to match you to your iPhone.

Basically how it will work is that the sensor will be in a special case (so not an actual part of the iPhone) and when you hold the phone, it will read your heart signature through your hand and then unlock the phone. We’d assume that there will be some kind of syncing involved (probably Bluetooth) so that if the case is separate from the iPhone the phone won’t unlock, but that’s just a guess.

Also, we wonder if this could in any way be used in conjunction with Nike+ ? You never know…

One last thought…if that iPhone 4G that someone “found” in a bar had had this…maybe they can install an electrical shocking mechanism or something when someone that shouldn’t be holding picks it up…again, just thinking out loud…

Here is what the patent looks like:

Patent image and Hat tip to Unwired

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