Apple Exploring Data Sharing Gestures For Future Wearable Devices

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple is exploring ways to make information sharing between wearables and mobile devices as simple as a wave of the hand, if a new patent application is anything to go by (via AppleInsider).

    Published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, an Apple filing for "Gesture-based information exchange between devices in proximity" describes a secure data transfer system between two portable devices that works by detecting customizable gestures, or "greeting events", such as handshakes, high-fives, hugs, fist bumps, bows, waves, and salutes.


    The gestures trigger a customizable data set that takes into account device context, with a particular focus on privacy and security. For example, in all cases, users must select the pre-defined gestures to allow the transfer of specific information only between the two devices, reducing the possibility of unintentionally sharing data with other devices in close proximity.

    Information shared can be stored either locally or in the cloud, and can include most data fit for transfer across a wireless connection, such as contact details, photos, media files, calendar events, and so on. Greeting events can also generate data for sharing across social media, such as a Twitter post that announces a meeting between two users.

    The sophisticated customization features of the system are of particular note, since they allow users to decide beforehand what kind of information is shared, and with whom, based on pre-defined contextual parameters, such as encountering someone for the first time, versus meeting a family member or an old friend. Device identifiers, location data, and user histories are all corralled in order to enhance the reliability and security of the system.

    On another security note, the patent describes the use of cryptographic keys to identify individual sharing sessions, which can be either automated or user-initiated via an on-screen interface, with the possibility of using artificial intelligence-managed sharing under the hood.

    As always with patents, the invention may or may not be used in-house or in a product, but the document offers another example of Apple's commitment to simplifying close-proximity data sharing while also paying particular attention to the security and privacy implications of such systems.

    Article Link: Apple Exploring Data Sharing Gestures For Future Wearable Devices
  2. tliede20 macrumors regular


    Nov 19, 2013
    Los Angeles, CA
    First? Lol... so similar to oh god what was the name.... oh yeah, BUMP?
  3. Telos101 macrumors regular


    Apr 29, 2016
    Apple has a history of, ahem... 'borrowing' other app features.

    Anyway, Bump doesn't exist anymore and this system described sounds a lot more sophisticated.
  4. Pakaku macrumors 68020


    Aug 29, 2009
    Sounds like a fun little fad for about five minutes, before going back to something a little less reliant on arm waving.
  5. AngerDanger macrumors 68040


    Dec 9, 2008
  6. Porco macrumors 68030


    Mar 28, 2005
    Personally I'm not overly fussed about gestures. There's always a danger that if they add too many it either becomes difficult for people to remember them all or get them easily confused or triggered without meaning to.

    Lol, I was about to say that one on the left reminds me of Sir Johny Ive. Only thinner.
  7. 69Mustang macrumors 603


    Jan 7, 2014
    In between a rock and a hard place
    Video below displays 2FA and 5096-bit encryption in action using Apple's new data sharing gestures. These gentlemen are exchanging nuclear codes so the gestures are necessarily complicated.

  8. Speedy Dingo macrumors regular

    Speedy Dingo

    Jun 4, 2010

    NBA players would benefit from such a feature.
  9. JM macrumors 6502a


    Nov 23, 2014
    :Gives the finger to enemy:
    :Erases enemy's device:
  10. Avieshek Suspended


    Dec 7, 2013
    The figures seem extremely happy to have a Mac Pro.
  11. Prince1369 macrumors newbie

    Mar 27, 2011
    Lynwood CA
    --- Post Merged, Feb 9, 2017 ---
    This seems just like the episode of VEEP, called Clovis... when the VEEP goes to a tech company that seems to
    poke fun at Apple.
  12. hortod1 macrumors regular


    Jan 26, 2009
    Siri: you have shaken hands with someone 11 times today. I have placed an order for hand sanitizer for you.
  13. mgroover macrumors newbie

    Oct 3, 2013
    If 310 & 312 are being smited by God in the NETWORK...

    What on earth are 302 and 304 doing in that up-and-down motion indicated on the "things" in 306 & 308 and how did the patent designer not see what it looks like :D
  14. fitshaced macrumors 68000


    Jul 2, 2011
    Awkward moment when your boss asks for your contact info.
  15. joy.757 macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2014
    Hehe. So a handshake might initiate a handshake protocol. :)

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