US Patent No. 10,169,631

RECOGNIZING FINGERPRINTS AND FINGERPRINT COMBINATIONS AS INPUTS


Patent No. 10,169,631
Issue Date January 01, 2019
Title Recognizing Fingerprints And Fingerprint Combinations As Inputs
Inventorship Sebastian Nogueyra, Neuquen (AR)
Assignee INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION, Armonk, NY (US)

Claim of US Patent No. 10,169,631

1. A method of inputting an action to a computer device comprising:placing a fingerprint recognition sensor on a thumb of a first hand of a user, the fingerprint sensor having an outer surface to read a fingerprint of a user's finger placed in contact with the fingerprint recognition sensor, the fingerprint recognition sensor having an inner surface that does not read a fingerprint of the user's thumb;
setting a plurality of actions corresponding to fingerprint data from a user's fingerprint patterns;
storing the plurality of actions corresponding to the fingerprint data in the computer device;
placing a first finger of the first hand of the user in contact with the fingerprint recognition sensor;
reading fingerprint data by the fingerprint recognition sensor corresponding to the user's fingerprint patterns from the first finger of the first hand placed in contact with the fingerprint recognition sensor;
comparing the fingerprint pattern from the first finger of the first hand with the user's fingerprint data stored in the computer device;
responsive to a match between the fingerprint pattern from the first finger of the first hand and the user's fingerprint data stored in the computer device, initiating the action stored in the computer device corresponding to the first finger of the first hand placed in contact with the fingerprint recognition sensor;
placing another finger of the first hand of the user in contact with the fingerprint recognition sensor;
reading fingerprint data by the fingerprint recognition sensor corresponding to the user's fingerprint patterns from the another finger of the first hand placed in contact with the fingerprint recognition sensor;
comparing the fingerprint pattern from the another finger of the first hand with the user's fingerprint data stored in the computer device;
responsive to a match between the fingerprint pattern from the another finger of the first hand and the user's fingerprint data stored in the computer device, initiating the action stored in the computer device corresponding to the another finger of the first hand placed in contact with the fingerprint recognition sensor; and
repeating placing another finger, reading fingerprint data by the fingerprint recognition sensor corresponding to the user's fingerprint patterns from the another finger, comparing the fingerprint pattern from the another finger and initiating the action stored in the computer device corresponding to the another finger for additional fingers of the first hand placed in contact with the fingerprint recognition sensor.