Sony is bringing laser face recognition to phones in 2019, promises better accuracy than Face ID
by Victor Hristov / Jan 02, 2019, 4:04 AM
Sony sensor division chief Satoshi Yoshihara said last week that the company is planning to ramp up production of the new 3D sensors for both front and rear cameras, as several phone makers are planning to implement the new tech in their phones.
"Cameras revolutionized phones, and based on what I’ve seen, I have the same expectation for 3D. The pace will vary by field, but we’re definitely going to see adoption of 3D. I’m certain of it," Yoshihara said.
While there are multiple uses for these new-generation 3D cameras, the most exciting one might be to enable face recognition that promises to be even more accurate and reliable than the 3D scans that Apple introduced with Face ID. The Face ID way, which phone makers like Huawei and Xiaomi have also mimicked, revolves around projecting dots of invisible light onto a user's face and measuring the deformations in that grid, while Sony's new 3D cameras use pulsating laser signals and measure how long it takes for a pulse to bounce back. This is very similar to the way bats use echolocation in nature.
Sony says this new method creates a more detailed model of a user's face and can work from as far as 16 feet (5 meters).
And Sony is indeed very serious about bringing this to market. The company is hosting a dedicated Sony Depthsensing website where it explores the possibilities of such technology and how it can be implemented in autonomous cars, drones, robots and more.
With mass production of these new 3D cameras scheduled for late summer 2019, it is possible that the technology will be available for late 2019 flagships. With in-screen fingerprint technology still showing some growing pains, this might turn out to be the preferred solution for smartphone security in the future.
Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 22, 2015
They are leader in these stuff but the need to know how to put together will
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 4:43 AM 1
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Huh?! You just said it theyre the leader of this stuff. This year sony 48mp sensor will be in a bunch of phones so how u say they dont know how to put it together. Im confused.
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 6:35 AM 1
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What he means is that Sony are pioneers in new technologies, but they are usually exporting them to other manufacturers and wait a lot before implementing them in their own phones. But hopefully this year will be different and we'll start seeing Sony's finest inventions being put in their phones first.
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 7:17 AM 1
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Will the laser hurt my eye ?
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 5:34 AM 5
Posts: 167; Member since: Apr 03, 2015
Wow feels like sony going all in on 2019. The new sensors, ps5, headphones and now this new 3d face recognition.
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 6:33 AM 2
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Uhh, so thousands of tiny very weak, but still laser(!!!) beams would be directed to user's eyes?! I'll pass.
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 6:35 AM 2
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Uhm... Those engineers know what they're doing, they aren't crazy, and think about this "LASIK use laser to fix human eye".
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 7:50 AM 2
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Why would you need to unlock your phone from 16 feet away?
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 7:42 AM 0
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Actually that can be useful. If I’m not holding the phone, and it’s standing on some counter - “Hey Siri what’s on my schedule like”. She’ll repond “you’ll need to unlock your phone first”. And there it is.
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 1:05 PM 0
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not exciting apple did just fine with face i.d why would we need laser scan seems a bit sketchy
posted on Jan 02, 2019, 2:15 PM 0
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