Microsoft may be working on another fingerprint-enabled Surface headset. Microsoft invented a headset design that integrates fingerprint readers, according to a patent filing released on May 21. In the patent application, Microsoft said it was a “dual-mode” headset with a fingerprint authentication device and ability to log into a user’s account, potentially compatible with Windows Hello, meaning that this authentication, widely used by Microsoft’s ecosystem, provides another way to log on to devices and applications using fingerprints.
The fingerprint reader will be integrated into the headset itself, possibly on the outer surface of the headset or on one of the unique control panels. The fingerprint sensor generates a signal to the controller to process the input signal. For example, the controller will be configured to authenticate the user based on a pre-stored fingerprint. In the case of the electronic device in sleep mode, the controller and the drive module included in the electronic device can also be configured to “wake up” the electronic device, i.e. switch from the current sleep mode to wake-up mode.
While this concept is interesting, we may not see the product in the short term because patents don’t always turn into products.
In the first week of May, Microsoft unveiled the Surface Headset 2, which also features a minimalist aesthetic design with comfortable ear cushions and improved volume and active noise-cancelling dial control.
Like its previous offerings, the Surface 2 provides a pretty good sound and can be adjusted with the Surface Audio app on Android and iOS. In Windows 10, you can use the new Cortana app to manage and adjust the full sound experience of your headphones.