3D facial recognition is considered to be one of the safest way to unlock your smartphone. While Apple introduced the feature with its iPhone X last year, more number of manufactures have also being reported to join the bandwagon. There have also been rumors about Samsung adopting the technology with the Galaxy S10. Now, a new patent report further confirms that claim, while also stating that Samsung has been working on the technology since 2014.
According to a new report from Patently Apple, Samsung has been granted a patent for 3D sensing and facial recognition technology by the US Patent office, which the company had applied for in 2014. This suggests that Samsung had been considering the technology long before Apple. The patent report suggests that Samsung is considering on replacing the Iris scanner from its flagship smartphones, as it faces a number of challenges such as ambient lighting, motion blur, limited field of view and many others.
To tackle these problems, Samsung is developing a biometric camera system, that will be using a near infrared (NIR) light source that will flash the light on a user’s face, and a combination of image sensors that will capture the light bouncing back. The technology is referred to as TOF (Time of Flight), and other manufactures like Vivo are also said to be working on it for face authentication on smartphones.
Besides that, Samsung’s new patent also claims to be working on proximity sensing, motion tracking, gesture detection, and night-vision. It can also feature eye position and gaze tracking. Samsung could also equip its other devices such as tablets, televisions, laptops and desktops with a similar biometric camera system.
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While key specifications of the Galaxy S10 haven’t surfaced yet, recent rumors have suggested Samsung to launch three variants of its flagship smartphone. While two are said to be successors of the Galaxy S9 and the Galaxy S9+, the third one is said to be an affordable variant, which is expected to come with low-end hardware. Samsung is also rumored to launch the phones at MWC 2019, a month after announcing the foldable Galaxy X at CES 2019.