Samsung has said time and time again that the company wants to create a perfect smartwatch, and the round Orbis smartwatch patent we’ve seen suggests the same. Lately, the Korean manufacturer has been aiming to bring security and functionality to its devices, with Knox 2.0 for its Galaxy smartphones. Just last week, we were the first to show you that Samsung’s got a second-generation Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 in the wings – despite the company’s intentions to reveal it, along with its new iris recognition technology, in a device that is intended for business (though we can expect a consumer device to arrive soon).
Expectations of a consumer device with iris recognition may not be far-fetched, according to a new patent discovered by Patently Apple. The Samsung patent, filed in 2014, refers to iris recognition as one of the ways users can authenticate their identity on a smartwatch that looks similar to the current Gear lineup but has some subtle differences. The user authentication methods used in the patent are referred to as “Biosignal ID,” and authentication can occur by way of gestures such as “opening a hand, clenching a fist, or rotating a wrist,” or body motions (such as iris glances and heartbeats/heart rate).
Biosignal ID may certainly be a new feature for Galaxy smartwatches, but we’re sure Samsung fans are also curious about the smartwatch in the patent. It doesn’t look like even the Gear S, seeing that the smartwatch lacks a home button and 2-inch curved display (unlike the Gear S). This may just be a diagram smartwatch for drawing purposes, but it just may give us a peak into the future.