comscore Sony rumored to unveil 3D biometric scanner at MWC Shanghai 2017

Sony rumored to unveil 3D biometric scanner at MWC Shanghai 2017

The company is also expected to showcase a reference Xperia smartphone running the technology


Companies like Samsung are leveraging facial recognition technology as a security tool in its premium smartphones Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+. According to rumors, Sony has readied a 3D sensor for front facing camera that could be used for biometric authentication. The technology is expected to be unveiled at the ongoing MWC Shanghai 2017. Also Read - Sony WH-1000XM4 noise canceling headphones launched; check price, features, and specifications

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Sony s new 3D sensor-based tool will come ahead of Apple s highly rumored facial recognition technology. Apple s tool is said to be derived from a company called PrimeSense, which it acquired in 2013. Ever since there had been rumors that Apple will include PrimeSense s technology in its future iPhones. Also Read - Sony WF-1000XM3 true wireless earphones now launched in India at Rs 19,990

Coming back to Sony, the technology will be unveiled SoftKinect, a subsidiary of Sony that is into building sensor modules. The tech will be based on a facial recognition software developed a Switzerland-based company named KeyLemon. Unlike the existing 2D facial recognition technology, the new technology is said to be more foolproof. This essentially means you cannot trick the sensor by using a 2D photo or 3D print. ALSO READ: Sony Xperia XZ Premium just stole OnePlus 5 s thunder

TechCrunch quotes a KeyLemon spokesperson as saying that the 3D sensor will enable users unlocking phones without looking straight into the phone. This could be possible as the sensor captures the depth map.

Fingerprint-based biometric scanning has become quite a common phenomenon. Perhaps, users have also embraced the feature with open arms. However, the companies have gone ahead to try out different forms of biometric scanners. While Microsoft offers Hello, Samsung and other Android players have used facial/iris scanners for biometric authentications. ALSO READ: MWC Shanghai 2017: Vivo’s new technology aims at making fingerprint sensors invisible

Though, it remains to be seen whether people will embrace the facial recognition scanners as most of us are used to launch camera only we are shooting anything. Also, it remains to be seen how effective it is in terms of battery. While 3D sensors make a lot of sense and natural evolution, but it also remains to be seen what more could be done with technology.

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  • Published Date: June 29, 2017 8:35 AM IST

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