The jury is still deliberating whether palm reading can predict its future, but it can help you remember lost pbadwords.
A recently detected Samsung patent application (PDF) proposes the use of palm scanning as an identification method in Samsung phones. The example given in the patent shows a person who takes a picture of a hand to retrieve his forgotten pbadword. But instead of the pbadword appearing on the screen, the phone hides the letters in the different patterns of the hand. Incomplete characters should give the user a sufficient clue to guess the pbadword without the answer being too obvious.
If this method of palm exploration makes its way into future Galaxy phones, it would join a long list of biometric identification. techniques Current Samsung phones such as Galaxy S8 and Note 8 already use fingerprint scanning, iris scanning and face recognition on top of the PIN and pattern-based pbadwords. Although the palm scan patent would use the instance of a forgotten pbadword, there is always the possibility that it could be adopted for other purposes, such as unlocking the phone or authenticating Samsung Pay.
Samsung's main rival, Apple, introduced facial recognition as the main form of authentication in the iPhone X . To do so, Apple designed a complete camera system that uses 3D sensors, infrared cameras and a spot projector to make the method, called Face ID even safer. If Samsung is going to present the palm scan as a new authentication method, we do not know if it will use Samsung's current technology or order a totally new hardware. This could make a big difference in making the process safer.
By bringing facial recognition to the iPhone X, Apple also removed the fingerprint scan, its main identification method for years. So this brings two schools of thought. Samsung's approach is to explore as many authentication methods as possible to give it more options, compared to Apple's approach to making it as secure as possible. What would you prefer to have for the next Samsung phone?
Samsung did not respond to a request for comment.  [Via SamMobile]