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Apple patent reveals details of NFC payments ring

October 1st, 2015

Apple has developed a concept NFC ring that would allow a wearer to make payments, transfer information to others with a handshake and access secure documents on a shared device with a tap of their… More

RBC gets Secure Cloud payments patent

September 2nd, 2015

Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) has been awarded a patent for its Secure Cloud mobile payments platform by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, covering the use of secure tokens by the bank’s clients to facilitate payments from mobile devices. RBC introduced the Secure Cloud technology in January 2014 and added host card emulation (HCE) support in December last year.

Apple granted NFC and Touch ID patents

September 1st, 2015

Apple has been granted 45 patents relating to NFC, Touch ID and Apple Watch in the US, Patently Apple reports. An NFC element “may serve as an antenna for transmitting NFC signals to external equipment” such as NFC hearing aids, POS equipment and security card readers. The Touch ID patent details a system of scanning a fingerprint’s “flow angles” as they pass over the sensor.

Joint venture to develop painless diabetes monitoring with NFC

July 22nd, 2015

A new joint venture that includes the US-based Mayo Clinic and Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute is developing an NFC-based diabetes monitoring system to replace the traditional glucometers that are currently used to monitor patients’ blood sugar levels. The system will also use phones to control insulin delivery, using disposable NFC insulin delivery systems. More

Apple to show ads based on prepaid balance?

July 21st, 2015

Apple could begin sending targeted advertising to users based on the amount of prepaid funds they have available, according to a newly published patent application. “Goods and services are marketed to particular target groups of users sharing a common profile which may be selected to increase the likelihood of the users responding to the advertisements,” the patent says. “The common profile of users may be based on the amount of prepaid credit available to each user.”

Apple gets face verification patent

July 9th, 2015

Apple has been granted a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for an authentication system to allow owners to unlock content on their devices by taking a picture of their face. “The methods include processing a captured image of a user seeking to access a resource by conforming a subset of the image to a reference model,” the patent says.

Apple files P2P via NFC patent

July 3rd, 2015

Apple has filed a US patent application for a payments service that would enable peer-to-peer money transfers via NFC and Bluetooth. Person to Person Payments Using Electronic Devices describes how two individuals can use electronic devices “such as cellular telephones” to directly conduct financial transactions with each other by communicating encrypted financial credentials.

Apple Watch patent transfers data in a shake

July 1st, 2015

Apple’s latest patent details how an Apple Watch could exchange information with another when wearers greet each other with a handshake. “The wearable devices can detect their proximity to the other (using BLE or NFC-based proximity sensors),” Patently Apple reports. “Each device can communicate with the other (using Bluetooth, NFC, Wi-Fi or other wireless communication channels) to verify it experienced similar acceleration.”

Google files item pairing patent

June 23rd, 2015

A new Google patent details a system to allow the pairing of items such as keys or a wallet with a mobile device to alert a person when they are about to leave the house without one of the items. “The monitoring device monitors the presence of items in its vicinity using a short-range wireless communication or sensing technology such as NFC, Bluetooth, RuBee, RFID or any other method of wireless communication or sensing,” the patent says.

Amazon gets ear authentication patent

June 17th, 2015

Amazon has been granted a US patent that describes how a person’s ear could be used to authenticate them when answering a phone call or to unlock an audio file. “The device attempts to recognise the user based on ear shape or other parameters and can provide customised functionality of the device based at least upon that determination,” the abstract explains.

NFC inventors win award

June 12th, 2015

NXP engineers Franz Amtmann and Philippe Maugars have won the European Patent Office (EPO) European Inventor Award in recognition of the role they played in the birth of NFC. The pair were nominated in April for the prize which aims to reward inventors who contribute to technological progress and economic growth. Three previous finalists have gone on to collect Nobel Prizes.

Google files contact lens authentication patent

June 8th, 2015

Google has filed a patent with the US Patent and Trademark Office that describes a contact lens which collects reflected light through sensors to assemble an image of the iris that is then matched against a stored image to authenticate the wearer. “In various implementations, the contact lens can be employed in systems and/or methods associated with authentication and identification,” the patent says.

Samsung files contactless fingerprint patent

June 1st, 2015

Samsung has filed a patent in the United States that reveals a touch-free fingerprint recognition system, using a device’s camera and matching the fingerprint to a stored image. “The present invention relates … more particularly to a method of recognising a contactless fingerprint using an electronic device configured to display a guide screen on a display of the electronic device,” the patent explains.

Apple gets Concert Ticket+ patent

May 20th, 2015

The US Patent and Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for its Concert Ticket+ concept, first unveiled in 2010. “Apple’s newly granted patent covers their invention relating to tickets to events and to obtaining, storing and accessing tickets to events and benefits associated with such tickets using an electronic device,” Patently Apple reports. It adds the original patent went on to help form the Passbook application, and is now “directly related to the use of Apple Pay”.

NFC inventors nominated for Patent Office award

April 21st, 2015

Two NXP engineers have been nominated for a prestigious inventors’ award from the European Patent Office in recognition of the role they played in the birth of NFC. More

AAC to mass produce wearable NFC stickers for healthcare

February 17th, 2015

Contract manufacturer Automated Assembly Corporation (AAC) is in discussion “with multiple undisclosed companies” to mass produce InfoSkin, a new line of NFC tags that adhere to the human body, CEO Scott Lindblad has told NFC… More

NXP sues Marvell over Xbox NFC chips

January 28th, 2015

NXP Semiconductors has filed a patent infringement suit against rival chip maker Marvell, claiming that the NFC chips supplied by Marvell to Microsoft for use in the Xbox One video gaming console infringe four of… More

Alibaba invests in visual QR codes

January 20th, 2015

Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba has invested an undisclosed sum in Israeli start-up Visualead, developer of the “visual” QR code technology adopted by Chinese social media site RenRen in May last year. The companies have also… More

Google in talks to buy Softcard to combat Apple Pay?

January 19th, 2015

Google is responding to the successful launch of Apple Pay by going on the mobile payments acquisition trail, according to industry rumours — and US carrier-owned NFC venture Softcard, which laid off 60 staff last week,… More

Apple proposes fingerprints in the cloud

January 16th, 2015

The US Patent & Trademark Office has published three patent applications from Apple that relate to both Apple Pay and Touch ID biometric verification. Among the patents is one that includes a “schematic block diagram of an electronic system providing iCloud-based storage and exchange of enrollment finger biometric data,” Patently Apple reports, and one that sets out a way to use NFC or an alternative short range wireless communication technology to download enrolled finger biometric data.

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