Move over fingerprint sensors, iris scans, or facial recognitions as Microsoft is working on a new type of biometric authentication that will allow you to unlock devices using a stylus. In a newly filed patent, Microsoft seeks to use the pen-based authentication technology for Windows Hello. The feature in Windows 10 allows for easy log in with the use of facial recognition, iris, or fingerprint. Also Read - Windows 10X reportedly cancelled in favour of better vanilla Windows 10Also Read - Windows 95 vintage icons from Windows 10 going away before Sun Valley design update
Based on the patent application no. 2010/0155153, Microsoft aims to use the digital pen or stylus as a way of not just logging into the device but also to authenticate applications, payments, etc. The technology seeks to combine a marker in a pen or stylus that provides two-factor authentication with gesture that is written on the screen.
Embedded technology would include pen proximity, gestures, touch input along with a combination of hardware, software, and even application files for customized authentication. With such a mix of sensors and technology, the stylus should be essentially able to decipher between apps or authentication requirements to provide specific input.
The application describes a method where the stylus can recognize a predefined gesture on a touch screen. This method includes receiving a command from the stylus to add restricted annotations to a document, receiving identity of the stylus, and linking annotation to identity.
Thespecialized pen would also incorporate Microsoft s own N-Trig technology which also powers the Surface Pen. Now, this also suggests that the futuristic stylus could also be an upgrade to the Surface Pen and allow users to more creatively log into their Surface devices. ALSO READ: Windows 10 Creators Update: Microsoft advises against manually installing the update, here s why
It is to be noted that the technology is still a patent which may or may not turn into a final product. However, given the way manufacturers are increasingly expanding the display sizes; from phones to tablets, it makes for a wise move towards having a stylus-based authentication system.