A new patent has been unveiled recently, suggesting that Microsoft is mulling a new product for a unique Surface headset. In addition to the usual form factor and function, what surprised us most was that it had a fingerprint recognition sensor built in. Patent documents released on May 21st show that the “dual-mode” headset supports fingerprint-based user account logins.
Previously, Microsoft had brought Windows Hello biometric login support to Windows 10 users based on infrared cameras and fingerprint sensors.
If the new Surface headset also includes this unique feature, it is unclear whether the company will expand the Windows Hello app further.
As for the location of the fingerprint sensor, Microsoft says it can be integrated into the headset body, or on the cover.
The identified data can be stored locally in the headset and used to authenticate different users of presets. Fingerprint sensors and related circuits can be woken up to work even if the device body is dormant.
Although the concept is attractive, it is not clear whether Microsoft will launch the actual product in the near future. After all, it was in early May that the company released its second Surface headset.