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Patent Issued for Method and Electronic Apparatus for Creating Biological Feature Data

July 1, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Information Technology Newsweekly -- According to news reporting originating from Alexandria, Virginia, by VerticalNews journalists, a patent by the inventors Wang, John C. (Taoyuan, TW); Chou, Fu-Chiang (Taoyuan, TW), filed on October 12, 2010, was published online on June 17, 2014.

The assignee for this patent, patent number 8754745, is HTC Corporation (Taoyuan, TW).

Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "In consideration of information security, it is more and more common to impart a user-verifying function to an electronic device, and more particularly to a portable device such as USB drive, smart phone, laptop computer, personal digital assistant (PDA), etc. Generally, the user-verifying function is performed by way of biological feature check, e.g. fingerprint check.

"Please refer to FIG. 1A, which schematically shows the appearance of a smart phone, and FIG. 1B, which illustrates the flowchart of a conventional fingerprint-verifying process applied to the smart phone. After a user switches on the power of the smart phone 1 (Step 101), a booting process is executed (Step 102), and then a prompt window pops up on the display 10 (Step 103), instructing the user to perform fingerprint check through a scanner 11 disposed on the phone (Step 104). After acquiring an image data corresponding to the user's fingerprint, the smart phone 1 compares it with a previously stored image data (Step 105). If a comparable result is obtained, the smart phone enters a normal operation mode (Step 106) so as to allow the user to normally operate the phone. Thus the user may input commands via an optical mouse 12 as shown in FIG. 1A or the display 10 when it is a touch screen. On the contrary, if the acquired image data does not conform to the previously stored image data, the smart phone enters a locked mode so that the input means is disabled from normal command input (Step 107).

"It is understood from the above that a fingerprint image data is required to be previously stored for subsequent comparison. The method for creating fingerprint image data in a smart phone is usually complicated and unfriendly to a user.

"Please refer to FIG. 2 which illustrates a flowchart of a conventional method for creating a fingerprint image data in a smart phone. After the smart phone is powered on (Step 200), a series of user's inputs through the optical mouse or touch screen by way of an operational menu are required (Step 201) before a fingerprint-creating step can be started with a popup window instructing creation of fingerprint (Step 202). For data creation, the smart phone enters a training mode. Under the training mode, the user's fingerprint image data is captured by the fingerprint scanner 11 (Step 203), and the captured image data is stored in the phone (Step 204) as the reference for subsequent user verification described above.

"As described above, fingerprint data needs to be created and stored in advance using a fingerprint scanner so that subsequent verification can be performed. The training mode for acquiring the reference fingerprint data complicates the operation of the phone and thus confuses or bothers the user. Consequently, the fingerprint-verifying function is likely to leave unused, and the information security becomes risky."

In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "Therefore, an object of the present invention is to simplify a user-identifying process of electronic apparatus in order to improve the utilization rate of a user-identifying function for information security of the electronic apparatus.

"In an aspect, the present invention provides a method for creating a biological feature data in an electronic apparatus with a user-operable controller. The method comprises: capturing at least a biological feature of a user in response to a control signal generated by the controller due to a manipulating input operation of the user, thereby generating a biological feature data for user verification; and storing the biological feature data for user verification in the electronic apparatus while normally executing the control signal to perform a function corresponding to the manipulating input operation of the user.

"In another aspect, the present invention provides an electronic apparatus, which comprises a controller capturing a biological feature of a user in response to a manipulating input operation of the user to generate a biological feature data for user verification, and a host coupled to the controller and storing the biological feature data for user verification in the electronic apparatus while normally performing a function corresponding to the manipulating input operation of the user.

"In a further aspect, the present invention provides a recording medium stored therein a software program which is executed to implement the method for creating a biological feature data in an electronic apparatus with a user-operable controller, wherein the method comprises: capturing at least a biological feature of a user in response to a control signal generated by the controller due to a manipulating input operation of the user, thereby generating a biological feature data for user verification; and storing the biological feature data for user verification in the electronic apparatus while normally executing the control signal to perform a function corresponding to the manipulating input operation of the user.

"In yet another aspect, the present invention provides an electronic apparatus, which comprises input means for capturing a biological feature of a user in response to a manipulating input operation of the user to generate a biological feature data for user verification; and control means for storing the biological feature data for user verification in the electronic apparatus while normally performing a function corresponding to the manipulating input operation of the user."

For more information, see this patent: Wang, John C.; Chou, Fu-Chiang. Method and Electronic Apparatus for Creating Biological Feature Data. U.S. Patent Number 8754745, filed October 12, 2010, and published online on June 17, 2014. Patent URL: http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8754745.PN.&OS=PN/8754745RS=PN/8754745

Keywords for this news article include: HTC Corporation, Information Technology, Information and Data Security.

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