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Qualcomm Announces Depth Sensing Camera Technology

by Ville-Petteri Ukonaho | 8月 15, 2017

On 15. August 2017 Qualcomm announced its latest innovation to the imaging technology solution Spectra. Latest addition brings improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing capabilities. The solution is expected to become available with the next generation Snapdragon processors.

The new improved set of capabilities includes support for iris authentication, motion tracking as well as support for multi camera depth sensing required for e.g. 3D facial authentication or 3D imaging for augmented reality applications. In addition the new system brings improved machine learning accelerated computer vision that is also a key enabler for AR and 3D imaging.

The announcement comes timely just before Apple is about to release their latest flagship with rumored 3D facial authentication technology and AR solution.

Strategy Analytics Emerging Device Strategies Service again has its finger on the pulse of the new technologies and has recently released two forecasts and an insight providing in depth analysis and information of the technologies Qualcomm's solution enables.

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Qualcomm Spectra has two different depth sensing technologies it supports. Passive depth sensing uses two camera modules and the solution then compares the two images from the two sensors to create simple depth map of the object. Active depth sensing uses three modules: IR camera, IR light source and regular camera using a method known as "structured light" to produce high-resolution depth maps.

All these new technologies add on top of the already existing advanced imaging capabilities the Spectra Module Program supports. We shall see the new solutions in action in the devices using the next generation Snapdragon chipsets late this year or early next year. Qualcomm entering the game will boost the adoption of advanced imaging technologies and biometric solutions.

Strategy Analytics continues to follow the industry technology landscape relentlessly and will bring our clients in depth information timely.

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