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Better phone cameras ahead as chipmaking-giant Qualcomm develops advanced camera technology

Better phone cameras ahead as chipmaking-giant Qualcomm develops advanced camera technology

Qualcomm introduced the Spectra module program past year, but this new announcement now includes new camera modules which Qualcomm says are "capable of utilizing active sensing for superior biometric authentication, and structured light for a variety of computer vision applications that require real-time, dense depth map generation and segmentation".

"Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it's clear that power efficient camera image signal processing has become more important for the next generation of mobile user experiences", Qualcomm Vice President Tim Leland said in a statement.

Qualcomm's decision to develop and license camera parts to hardware partners is expected to transform smartphone cameras forever.

The solutions come by way of Qualcomm subsidiary Qualcomm Technologies, and are an extension of the Qualcomm Spectra Module Program.

The Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+ and Galaxy Note Fan Edition are some of the smartphones that are equipped with iris scanners.

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You can check out a demo of Qualcomm's 3D mapping and image reconstruction tech in the video below, but there's no footage of the biometric feature described in the CNET report.

The facial recognition system powered by depth-sensing cameras comes with its own set of caveats, as cameras can be fooled by simply showing a photo of the handset's owner. The depth can be determined by calculating how far the object is.

Active depth sensing comprises of an IR (infrared) illuminator, IR camera sensor and a 16-megapixel (or 20-megapixel) RGB sensor depending on the configuration. The laser, which uses an invisible infrared beam, is shot through a small cover that creates a pattern wherever you shine it. The smartphone can measure the accurate depth by determining distortions in the dotted pattern. The ISPs include three modules - iris authentication module, passive depth sensing module and an active depth sensing module.

The new imaging modules are part of the Spectra Module Program of the company.


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