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Apple, radars could help HomePod (and beyond) identify the user

The devices Apple may in the future be able to identify and recognize users thanks to radar technology, according to a patent recently published in the United States. In particular, there are vague references to what could be a smart speaker, a hypothetical one New generation HomePod, let's say. But it is speculated that technology may arrive also on other categories – tablets, smartphones and computers, for example – as long as you can miniaturize it enough, sure.

The patent is called "Electronic Device with Co-Located Independent Radar Transceivers", and was published today, March 19. The system could work in conjunction with speech recognition, which alone continues to struggle to accurately identify the user with whom it is interacting – and consequently cannot offer a user experience adapted to everyone's needs and preferences.

Apple speculates that the radar could help Siri identify the user by analyzing certain physical characteristics. The same technology might be able to also recognize objects and devices: therefore the creation of commands such as "send the file to the iPhone that is on the table in the kitchen" can be theorized at least. However, the potential doesn't stop at voice commands: there could be big improvements in the management of multi-room audio, for example. And even in the medical field.

A system properly trained in reading the data detected by a radar could indeed even measure and monitor certain vital signs of the user, such as breathing rhythm, heart rate or pressure], or detecting symptoms of disease, medical emergencies and more.

These are clearly very ambitious and forward-looking statements. However, as we have said several times it is risky to expect too much from a patent: Apple-sized companies deposit dozens of them every week. Difficult to determine how many of these will be implemented in a finished product.