Patents by Inventor Michael Boshra

Michael Boshra has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20190000370
    Abstract: A wearable electronic device may include a device body and a device band coupled to the device body for securing the device to a wrist of a user. The wearable electronic device may also include a wrist biometric sensor carried by one of the device body and the device band. The wrist biometric sensor may include biometric sensing pixels. The wearable electronic device may also include a processor coupled to the wrist biometric sensor and configured to cooperate with the biometric sensing pixels to acquire skin texture pattern images from adjacent portions of the user's wrist, and perform at least one authentication function based upon the skin texture pattern images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 23, 2018
    Publication date: January 3, 2019
    Inventors: Michael BOSHRA, Dale R. SETLAK
  • Publication number: 20180173864
    Abstract: An electronic device can include a processing device operatively connected to a biometric sensing device. The biometric sensing device may capture a biometric image each time a user interacts with the electronic device. When the user enters user identification data (UID) and a biometric image was recently captured, the biometric image is tagged with the UID. The user can access the electronic device and/or an application being accessed on the electronic device when a subsequently captured biometric image matches a tagged biometric image or an untagged biometric image that is assigned to a cluster that includes a tagged biometric image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2018
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Patent number: 9928355
    Abstract: An electronic device can include a processing device operatively connected to a biometric sensing device. The biometric sensing device may capture a biometric image each time a user interacts with the electronic device. When the user enters user identification data (UID) and a biometric image was recently captured, the biometric image is tagged with the UID. The user can access the electronic device and/or an application being accessed on the electronic device when a subsequently captured biometric image matches a tagged biometric image or an untagged biometric image that is assigned to a cluster that includes a tagged biometric image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Patent number: 9858491
    Abstract: A device may include a finger biometric sensor and a processor coupled thereto. The processor may acquire first and second finger matching biometric data based upon first and second finger placements adjacent the sensor. The processor may also perform a matching between the first and second finger matching data to generate composite finger matching data having an associated composite match score, perform another matching between the composite matching data and finger enrollment data when the composite match score exceeds a match threshold to generate an enrollment match score, and update the finger enrollment data with the composite matching data when the enrollment match score exceeds an enrollment threshold. In other embodiments, where the second finger matching data is acquired based upon a removal and replacement of the finger from adjacent the finger sensor, instead of or in addition to updating the finger enrollment data, a device function may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Patent number: 9818015
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor that includes an array of electric field sensing pixels and image data output circuitry coupled thereto and capable of outputting image data from a plurality of sub-arrays of the array of electric field sensing pixels and processing circuitry coupled to the image data output circuitry. The processing circuitry is capable of determining movement of a user's finger across the array of electric field sensing pixels by comparing image data from borders of adjacent sub-arrays, the movement causing artifacts in the image data, and, when movement of the user's finger is determined, remove the artifacts from the image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael Boshra, Gregory T. Minteer
  • Publication number: 20170177918
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor that includes an array of electric field sensing pixels and image data output circuitry coupled thereto and capable of outputting image data from a plurality of sub-arrays of the array of electric field sensing pixels and processing circuitry coupled to the image data output circuitry. The processing circuitry is capable of determining movement of a user's finger across the array of electric field sensing pixels by comparing image data from borders of adjacent sub-arrays, the movement causing artifacts in the image data, and, when movement of the user's finger is determined, remove the artifacts from the image data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Publication date: June 22, 2017
    Inventors: Michael BOSHRA, Gregory T. MINTEER
  • Patent number: 9576126
    Abstract: A template of a biometric attribute for use with a biometric recognition device includes a long term component and a short term component. The long term component can include a plurality of nodes that each represents at least a portion of the biometric attribute. The short term component may include one or more newly captured nodes that each represents at least a portion of the biometric attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Boshra, Pavel Mrazek, William M. Vieta
  • Patent number: 9514351
    Abstract: Processing a fingerprint can include determining one or more optimal weights based on ridge flow angles or ridge flow angle differences. Determination of the optimal weight(s) can be based on predicting a ridge flow angle for each cell in a ridge flow map using one or more neighboring cells. The optimal weights may be estimated so as to minimize error between the predicted and actual ridge flow angles. Alternatively, the optimal weight(s) may be determined using a predicted ridge flow angle difference for each cell in a difference map that is based on an actual ridge flow angle difference for one or more neighboring cells. The optimal weights can be estimated to minimize the error between predicted and actual angle differences. Additionally, a correlation penalty may be determined based on an extent of spatial correlation in the ridge flow angle differences in the difference map.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2016
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Publication number: 20160203306
    Abstract: An electronic device can include a processing device operatively connected to a biometric sensing device. The biometric sensing device may capture a biometric image each time a user interacts with the electronic device. When the user enters user identification data (UID) and a biometric image was recently captured, the biometric image is tagged with the UID. The user can access the electronic device and/or an application being accessed on the electronic device when a subsequently captured biometric image matches a tagged biometric image or an untagged biometric image that is assigned to a cluster that includes a tagged biometric image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 21, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Patent number: 9348987
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a finger-operated input device, and a finger sensor carried by the finger-operated input device to sense a user's finger. The electronic device may further include a processor to perform applications and perform at least one device function responsive to an operation of the finger-operated input device. The processor may acquire finger-matching biometric data of the user's finger responsive to each operation of the finger-operated input device. The processor may further authenticate the user based upon an authentication request from one of the applications. The authentication may be based upon a match of most recently acquired finger-matching biometric data and finger-enrollment biometric data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Publication number: 20160125223
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor and a processor and a memory coupled thereto. The processor is capable of performing a first matching to determine a first matching score of sensed finger biometric data against finger biometric template data stored in the memory, and indicating a match and updating the finger biometric template data when the first matching score exceeds a first threshold. The processor is also capable of performing a second matching of the sensed finger biometric data against the stored finger biometric template data to determine a second matching score when the first matching score does not exceed the first threshold and updating the finger biometric template data stored in the memory when the second matching score is above a second threshold. The second matching is slower but more accurate than the first matching.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2014
    Publication date: May 5, 2016
    Inventors: Michael BOSHRA, Pavel Ricka, Petr Kostka, Jan Cibulka
  • Publication number: 20160086013
    Abstract: A device may include a finger biometric sensor and a processor coupled thereto. The processor may acquire first and second finger matching biometric data based upon first and second finger placements adjacent the sensor. The processor may also perform a matching between the first and second finger matching data to generate composite finger matching data having an associated composite match score, perform another matching between the composite matching data and finger enrollment data when the composite match score exceeds a match threshold to generate an enrollment match score, and update the finger enrollment data with the composite matching data when the enrollment match score exceeds an enrollment threshold. In other embodiments, where the second finger matching data is acquired based upon a removal and replacement of the finger from adjacent the finger sensor, instead of or in addition to updating the finger enrollment data, a device function may be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 1, 2015
    Publication date: March 24, 2016
    Inventor: MICHAEL BOSHRA
  • Patent number: 9292728
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor, a memory, and a processor capable of generating a respective finger biometric template node for each finger positioning adjacent the finger biometric sensor. The processor may also be capable of allocating a set space of the memory to store a total number of finger biometric template nodes based upon a first number of fingers and with each finger having a first number of finger biometric template nodes associated therewith. In addition, the processor may reallocate the set space of the memory to store the total number of finger biometric template nodes but with a second number of finger biometric template nodes associated with at least one finger, with the second number of finger biometric template nodes being different than the first number of finger biometric template nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael Boshra, Craig A. Marciniak, William M. Vieta
  • Patent number: 9230152
    Abstract: A device may include a finger biometric sensor and a processor coupled thereto. The processor may acquire first and second finger matching biometric data based upon first and second finger placements adjacent the sensor. The processor may also perform a matching between the first and second finger matching data to generate composite finger matching data having an associated composite match score, perform another matching between the composite matching data and finger enrollment data when the composite match score exceeds a match threshold to generate an enrollment match score, and update the finger enrollment data with the composite matching data when the enrollment match score exceeds an enrollment threshold. In other embodiments, where the second finger matching data is acquired based upon a removal and replacement of the finger from adjacent the finger sensor, instead of or in addition to updating the finger enrollment data, a device function may be performed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Patent number: 9224590
    Abstract: A finger biometric sensor may include an array of finger biometric sensing pixels, and processing circuitry. The processing circuitry may be capable of acquiring finger biometric data from the array of finger biometric sensing pixels and generating image data from the finger biometric data. The image data may be generated based upon at least a finger sliding motion when a finger is slid adjacent the array of finger biometric sensing pixels, and a finger static positioning when the finger is statically positioned adjacent the array of finger biometric sensing pixels. The processing circuitry may also be capable of determining a match between the image data and enrolled image data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 29, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Publication number: 20150347816
    Abstract: A device may include a finger biometric sensor and a processor coupled thereto. The processor may acquire first and second finger matching biometric data based upon first and second finger placements adjacent the sensor. The processor may also perform a matching between the first and second finger matching data to generate composite finger matching data having an associated composite match score, perform another matching between the composite matching data and finger enrollment data when the composite match score exceeds a match threshold to generate an enrollment match score, and update the finger enrollment data with the composite matching data when the enrollment match score exceeds an enrollment threshold. In other embodiments, where the second finger matching data is acquired based upon a removal and replacement of the finger from adjacent the finger sensor, instead of or in addition to updating the finger enrollment data, a device function may be performed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 21, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Inventor: MICHAEL BOSHRA
  • Publication number: 20150347810
    Abstract: An electronic device may include a finger biometric sensor, a memory, and a processor capable of generating a respective finger biometric template node for each finger positioning adjacent the finger biometric sensor. The processor may also be capable of allocating a set space of the memory to store a total number of finger biometric template nodes based upon a first number of fingers and with each finger having a first number of finger biometric template nodes associated therewith. In addition, the processor may reallocate the set space of the memory to store the total number of finger biometric template nodes but with a second number of finger biometric template nodes associated with at least one finger, with the second number of finger biometric template nodes being different than the first number of finger biometric template nodes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 30, 2014
    Publication date: December 3, 2015
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael Boshra, Craig A. Marciniak, William M. Vieta
  • Patent number: 9158957
    Abstract: A finger sensing apparatus may include a finger sensor including an integrated circuit (IC) substrate, an array of finger sensing elements on the IC substrate, and match circuitry on the IC substrate for performing final finger matching. The finger sensing apparatus may also include a host platform cooperating with the array of finger sensing elements for performing at least one finger prematch function. In addition, the finger sensor and the host platform may implement at least one security function therebetween. The at least one security function may include a watermarking function, and/or an encryption/decryption function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: October 13, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael Boshra, Robert Scott Brandt, Jeffrey C. Lee, Gregory Thomas Minteer, Gary S. Porter, Peter E. Sherlock, Andrew J. Vandamia, James R. Waldron
  • Publication number: 20150278574
    Abstract: Processing a fingerprint can include determining one or more optimal weights based on ridge flow angles or ridge flow angle differences. Determination of the optimal weight(s) can be based on predicting a ridge flow angle for each cell in a ridge flow map using one or more neighboring cells. The optimal weights may be estimated so as to minimize error between the predicted and actual ridge flow angles. Alternatively, the optimal weight(s) may be determined using a predicted ridge flow angle difference for each cell in a difference map that is based on an actual ridge flow angle difference for one or more neighboring cells. The optimal weights can be estimated to minimize the error between predicted and actual angle differences. Additionally, a correlation penalty may be determined based on an extent of spatial correlation in the ridge flow angle differences in the difference map.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2014
    Publication date: October 1, 2015
    Applicant: APPLE INC.
    Inventor: Michael Boshra
  • Patent number: 9135494
    Abstract: A finger biometric sensor may include an array of finger biometric sensing pixels, and processing circuitry coupled to the array of finger biometric sensing pixels. The processing circuitry may be capable of collecting initial enrollment finger biometric data sets and generating an initial enrollment criteria based thereon, collecting at least one additional enrollment finger biometric data set, and adapting the initial enrollment criteria based thereon to define an additional enrollment criteria. The processing circuitry may also be capable of flagging the initial enrollment finger data sets and the at least one additional enrollment finger data set as sufficient if the additional enrollment criteria meets an acceptance condition, and collecting further enrollment finger biometric data and adapting the additional enrollment criteria if the additional enrollment criteria fails to meet the acceptance condition.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2015
    Assignee: APPLE INC.
    Inventors: Michael Boshra, William M. Vieta