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NewsPoster Apr 23, 2013 12:23 PM
Apple wins patents on secure network, 'virtual input' technologies
Apple has won rights to two more US patents, says <em>AppleInsider</em>. The first <a href="http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/04/23/apple-invention-creates-a-secure-device-to-device-network-with-just-a-picture">covers</a> a "digital handshake" between mobile devices, using an image to generate an authentication key. One device takes a photo of the other, capturing either a dynamic key from an app or information permanently embedded within a device's housing or bezel. Filters, flash, or infrared might be needed to register key data, or even a specialized chip integrated into the camera.<br /><br />Handshakes can be established between multiple devices, and in cases where several units are all present in the same space, a device can be set to judge which one is requesting a key via its location, distance, and onscreen content. Ultimately the purpose of the handshake would be to allow secure file or data transfers without having to manually type in a key to establish a Bluetooth or Wi-Fi link. Even with the photo system, a user-created code might still be needed to connect.<br />
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The other new patent <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/284036==http://appleinsider.com/articles/13/04/23/apples-virtual-input-devices-could-bring-next-level-ui-interactivity-to-os-x" rel='nofollow'>documents</a> the idea of "virtual input tools," in which an onscreen UI mirrors the physical input a person has access to. The given example is that of a trackpad; a virtual trackpad might contain various interactive elements that map directly to space on a real trackpad, making control of items like windows, icons, and folders more intuitive. Multi-touch gestures could allow for more complex interactions. <br />
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Neither patent is being used in any shipping Apple products. The company originally filed for the handshake concept in 2010, and the virtual input system in 2009.
 
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