We’ve reached a point where sharing a file online is now easier than sharing a digital file with a person standing directly in front of you. If a new Apple patent is based in reality, you might soon have the ability to share a file with nothing more than a handshake.
The patent, which relies on a wearable of some type (Apple happens to have just launched one of those) to exchange information based on detected gestures. Hand shakes, high fives, and bows are a few of the noted possibilities, and while the types of files that could be shared isn’t specifically detailed, the possibilities are quite endless.
This kind of short-distance sharing isn’t particularly new—Bump famously pioneered the concept of sharing files by tapping two phones together—but it’s a very specific feature type with relatively few usage scenarios. Still, if syncing files with a business partner could be accomplished without even having to take your iPhone out of your pocket, Apple could be on to something.