Qualcomm has unveiled a new camera technology for Android with improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing. This technology is part of the Qualcomm Spectra Module Program, and is powered by Qualcomm Spectra s embedded image signal processors (ISP). Qualcomm says that this camera technology will be readily available on the next Snapdragon mobile platform for smartphones and head mounted displays (HMDs). Also Read - Beware! This new iOS bug breaks WiFi on iPhones: Here's a quick fix for itAlso Read - PUBG New State receives over 17 million pre-registrations as closed alpha testing ends
These new camera modules with Spectra ISPs are said to come with support for superior image quality, deep learning techniques and produce bokeh quality images faster. Qualcomm introduced dual-camera module solutions for smartphones last year, but the latest offering will be capable of superior biometric authentication, and for computer vision applications that require real-time data generation. The new camera module program will house three camera modules in total with support for iris authentication, passive depth sensing, and active depth sensing.
According to Qualcomm, the second generation Spectra ISPs harbor hardware and software to enhance computer vision, image quality, and power efficiency for future Snapdragon chipsets. Some of its features include multi-frame noise reduction, hardware-accelerated motion compensated temporal filtering, and inline electronic image stabilization. ALSO READ: We re approaching the moment when the lines between DSLRs and smartphones are blurring
For augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), the Spectra ISPs come with support for extended reality (XR) use cases that require simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). Qualcomm also released a video showing depth sensing capabilities of its second generation Spectra ISP for XR experiences like hand tracking. ALSO READ: MWC Shanghai 2017: Qualcomm announces Snapdragon Wear 1200 for low-end wearables
Using the technology in a prototype tablet, the camera is seen capturing a high-resolution depth map of a person playing the keyboard. Qualcomm points out how the depth map contains over 10,000 points of depth, and can be viewed at different angles in real-time. ALSO READ: Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 platform announced at MWC Shanghai 2017
Qualcomm s timing of the announcement is suspected to be in relation with the awaited launch of the Apple iPhone 8. It has been rumored quite extensively that Apple would be incorporating depth sensing cameras in the iPhone 8 for advanced capabilities in facial recognition, AR, and photo effects. With Qualcomm s release of the next Snapdragon platform, it won t be long before Android smartphones catch up with this technology. ALSO READ: Apple iPhone 8 could mute notifications when the user is looking at the screen