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Apple Applies For Digital Handshake Patent

by Emily Price | December 3, 2011December 3, 2011 8:07 am PDT

Apple has applied to patent digital handshake of sorts between your iPhone and Mac. The function would allow you to log onto your MacBook by waving your iPhone in front of it as well as share photos, videos, contacts, calender events, and messages in the same way. You could also pair the service with others and share into with them the same way, possibly photo to phone like Ice Cream Sandwich’s beam service.

The transmission will require next-generation devices (so it won’t work on your current stuff) and will involve cameras capable of reading invisible inks and optical coatings – which will hold a special key code. The “secret code” could be hidden in the bezel of devices where in theory only the cameras would be able to see them.

Patents are of course just patents and not necessarily an indication of what we will actually see come out of Cupertino anytime soon. I’m personally a fan of Ice Cream Sandwich‘s beam function and would love to see something similar come to iOS. Beam requires you to tap two NFC-enabled phones together, but then lets you share web pages, maps, apps, and more. There are apps that let you do some of that in iOS, but nowhere near as seamlessly.

What do you think? Would you want to log onto your computer by waving your iPhone in front of it? What about share information from phone to phone with a “handshake?”

[via Patently Apple]


Emily Price

Emily has been obsessed with computers since the early 80s when she discovered she could play Ghostbusters on her father's Commodore 64. She...

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