Apple Patent Details Data Exchanges Made Possible Through Fist Bumps
Apple has envisioned a future where users can transfer essential data simply by shaking hands or bumping fists.
Everyone's favorite tech giant Apple is cooking up some new patents on data transfer. No surprises there, really; this sort of thing happens all the time. However, in this case their chosen methods are a little more interesting, as Apple is looking into ways with which users can initiate data transfer between smart devices using gestures like handshakes and fist bumps.
A document that has been recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office outlines a filing by Apple for what they call "gesture-based information exchange between devices in proximity." The given gestures, which appear to include motions like bowing or waving, would make use of smart devices such as phones or wearables, and would initiate a data transfer over an ad-hoc wireless connection.
Naturally, such simplicity raises questions of security — no one wants their personal information being dumped onto people's phones the first time they shake their hand, after all. That's why Apple is making sure the parameters for such exchanges are clearly defined within the software, allowing for "natural" gestures like bowing or "artificial" gestures like giving a handshake with a non-dominant hand, as well as setting guidelines for things like appropriate proximity and weeding out false-positive responses.
For now, there's no word on when or even if Apple plans to implement their gesture-based exchange system. It may be that the potential for security risks outweigh the cool factor. Still, it's good to know that Apple has a few appropriately future-tech ideas tucked away in their pockets.