Samsung has filed a patent application for a palm reading smartphone camera that could be used to help remember a password.
According to the newly published filing, the system would come to life if a user needs help remembering their password by asking them to show their palm to a scanner.
This will read the lines in a user’s hand, and then display hints on a password in the form of incomplete characters. It’s not a full reveal, but a helping hand along the way to remembering a login.
Such a system offers protection from thieves by not revealing full passwords when a hand is scanned.
It’s worth noting that just because this concept exists it doesn’t mean that Samsung is planning to implement it into its smartphones soon – or at all.
Patent filings don’t necessarily translate to finished products, so suspend excitement over the Galaxy S9 housing this palm scanner for now.
However, it appears a relatively simple technology – facial, iris and fingerprint scanners are all already in play in many of the major smartphones out there.
With security on phones also becoming increasingly prevalent, perhaps a palm-reading phone is not far off.