Vivo is currently at the peak of its innovation. The Chinese smartphone company recently launched the Vivo NEX, which is one of the first smartphones to feature a truly bezel less display and a pop-up camera module. Now, the company has developed a new face identification technology that can scan up to 10 times more sensor points than FaceID on the Apple iPhone X.
According to Vivo, the new technology features 3D depth sensing that can scan up to 300,000 sensor points on one’s face. It further states that the front camera sends out a pulse of light, and calculates the time it takes to bounce back to the sensor, after being reflected from the facial points. Vivo calls the technology TOF (time of flight) 3D sensor.
Besides Face ID, Vivo also plans on combining the technology with AI in order to improve portrait photography on the front camera of its smartphones. The company is also contemplating on implementing an AI beautification mode, where it will take a full-body scan of the person and enhance facial features accordingly. The technology will also help Vivo build a foundation for AR features, with regards to clothing and furniture apps. Lastly, the Vivo sensor could also be used with motion sensing and gesture controls, thanks to its depth recognition of 3 meters.
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According to The Verge, Vivo isn’t the only company to have looked into the technology. Even Oppo has considered implementing the technology on its smartphones. But like many other companies, it did not see the need for such a complicated system. However Vivo seems quite confident in introducing the technology in smartphones. The company even demonstrated its TOF 3D sensor at the ongoing MWC Shanghai 2018.