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Sony patents sensor technology

A recently discovered Sony patent, filed in May 2012, shows that the company may be interested in using fingerprint sensors that would read users biometric data on products such as phones, keyboards and gaming controllers.

Part of the patent reads, "A user of a device may be uniquely identified using a metric that is contingent upon the user using the device for its intended purpose without the user having to perform a separate step, function or operation for the express purpose of identifying the user." The document continues to elaborate on context-sensitive content that would be automatically generated for users upon identification.

There could be interesting uses for this, for instance, Sony could use fingerprint readings to see which user is playing, signing your profile in automatically. We are sure there would be much more impressive uses of the technology too, although we can't think what they could be.

What do you think?

Thanks, Joystiq.

Edited On 24 Sep, 2012

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Dead 4 years ago
It's the next step towards Judge Dredds lawgiver. The next generation of Sony devices will only work for one user, and self destruct if anyone else uses them ;)
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COP3Y DUNT 4 years ago
This would be good if player profiles were stored on a cloud based system, then whenever you need to log in on any console, you simply have to touch it and it would instantly log you in.
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shenmue4real 4 years ago
Its like Sony want me to top using their products.
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Cloudedpaul 4 years ago
i can see it now, game sharing will consist of cutting off one of your fingers to sell on ebay!
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Bindiana 4 years ago
Sadly I think the technology will be used to try and stop the 2nd hand market it seems thats all the games companies want to do at the moment.
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I doubt it, before the PS3 there was talk that they were going to lock games disks to peoples consoles so they couldn't sell them, but that never happened.
Dead 4 years ago
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TheFlyingToaster 4 years ago
Can't really imagine good uses for it to be honest, other than small stuff like mentioned in the article that would probably get old pretty quick.

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