Samsung patent reveals AR emoji video calls?

Samsung patent reveals AR emoji video calls?
A recently uncovered patent filed by Samsung reveals that the company has at least considered utilizing its new AR-emoji tech for a FaceTime-esque video call program. The patent shows a user being able to use the technology recently released on the Galaxy S9 to create an emoji with the caller's likeness and facial expressions, then transmitting that live with audio to another user. It seems to operate under the premise that this would be beneficial for lower-bandwidth situations. The designs revealed in the patent show that work on this technology goes back as far as 2013, with the patent being filed in 2016 and approved just this month. 

Why should Samsung bother now?


It may seem a bit silly now, with 5G on the horizon and with cellular service improving so much. In most areas, a user can place a Skype or FaceTime call without any issues. But this is not entirely true. There are plenty of places not just in the U.S. but across the globe with less than stellar reception. There are also locations where mobile bandwidth is restricted monetarily. This could be of huge benefit for users who find themselves in such areas. As always with patent findings, this is by no means a guarantee that this technology will ever see the light of day.

There may be a huge benefit for a person to have something to look at while communicating. The avatar would reflect the user's facial expressions and give the impression they are still having a face-to-face conversation. It is human nature to desire this type of communication, and this technology could provide that opportunity for those who are otherwise unable to do so. It is also sure to be a hit among kids and those who are a bit more camera shy. 

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7 Comments

1. RevolutionA

Posts: 397; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Worst copy in the history. Calm down sammy, even your dumb fans aren't asking for that.

2. Tipus

Posts: 868; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Exactly, because dumb apple fans will definitely ask for this crap :)))

7. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Just upset Samsung will have it before apple, lol

3. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

Who cares about those ugly unstable emojis?!

4. Ciro1900

Posts: 591; Member since: Dec 17, 2017

It's disgusting to see them in the photo for what an idiot comes with the s**t in videos

5. cmdacos

Posts: 4200; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Have alot of fun with them with friends and family. There are first gen issues with stability but calling could be funny too

6. Joulukas

Posts: 115; Member since: Jun 05, 2013

Well this is a interesting development! To play around a bit with this idea, then emojis are the least interesting part. If we add immense computing power our devices actually have at this point, interesting prospects of human image synthesis (deepfake), then there are some changes coming to video calling, video identification etc.

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