Chinese mobile phone maker Vivo has today announced new 3D sensing technology which is claims that has 10 times more accuracy than of Face ID authentication system found in Apple’s iPhone X.
Vivo, the first mobile company to demo and launch a smartphone with an in-display fingerprint scanner, has today unveiled another facial recognition technology, and that same tech is more accurate than the existing Structured Light Technology – used by Apple in its Face ID system.
What’s new in Vivo’s TOF 3D Sensing Technology? How it measures and how it works?
Vivo says its Time of Flight (TOF) system uses 300,000 data points to map the user’s face in three dimensions, compared to the 30,000 points of infrared light used in Apple’s facial mapping technology. The technology Vivo used in creating a 3D sensing measures the amount of time it takes for the emitted pulse light to return to the sensor to accurately map an object in front of it. With that said, the sensor is also capable of measuring objects up to 3 meters in front of it which thereafter enables new opportunities in facial, gesture, and modern recognition.
The newly unveiled TOF 3D sensing technology captures depth information which is ten timed more than the Structured Light Technology used in existing facial recognition solution. Additionally, Vivo claims its TOF 3D Sensing Technology is simple, smaller and secured thereby allowing for more flexibility in terms of embedding it in a smartphone.
The company said the tech would enable “new opportunities in motion recognition, 3D photography, and AR,” expanding the capabilities of the next generation of smart devices.” Vivo also emphasizes that its TOF 3D Sensing Technology is not a proof of concept, rather it has been tested and meets the various industry standard for integration with existing apps.
Through precise and accurate tracking of gestures and movements of the user’s entire body, TOF 3D Sensing Technology creates entirely new ways to interact with and experience the world. Using AI to beautify a photo according to the entire person is a whole step above current photography applications. Merging this technology with AR capabilities could take users one step further and allow them to try on clothes virtually with enhanced 3D virtual fitting. It can also track gestures for mixed reality (MR) games and provide an entire new way to immerse yourself in a virtual world through MR games.
The Vivo’s new 3D sensing technology has been demonstrated at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai, a stage it has used in the past to make similar big reveals. It was last year when Vivo used the platform to unveil its screen-embedded fingerprint sensor technology, at a time when Apple was thought to be struggling to achieve the same result.
“From last year’s debut of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, the recent launch of the truly bezel-less Vivo NEX, to our ground-breaking TOF 3D Sensing technology, we continue to forge ahead and evolve towards the truly intelligent future by opening new ways for the AI to help the consumer,” said Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo. “By combining TOF 3D Sensing Technology with AI, we will continue to explore new possibilities for a better future.”
The new 3D technology even allows for capturing and making 3D models of objects using AI and the 3D Sensing Technology before it. Given how quickly the company managed to bring its in-display fingerprint scanner technology to a consumer product, it is expected that Vivo might launch a phone with its TOF 3D Sensing tech by the end of the year. Whether the increased number of data points automatically translates in practice to better security and accuracy remains to be seen.