Vivo unveils new Time of Flight 3D Sensing Technology that can map items 10 feet away



Vivo is the Chinese phone manufacturer behind the NEX series of handsets. These phones sport a pop-up selfie snapper, a nearly bezel-less display and an on display fingerprint scanner. Today, at MWC Shanghai 2018, the company unveiled its Time of Flight (TOF) 3D Sensing Technology. The technology uses emitted pulse light and measures the time it takes the light to bounce and return to the sensor. This allows it to map things that are as far as 10-feet away. The technology, according to Vivo, will find use in "facial, gesture and motion recognition, 3D photography and AR."

If this sounds familiar, it is because back in November, we told you that Apple is working on a Time of Flight system for the rear facing 3D scanning camera that it hopes to include with its 2019 iPhone models. Vivo's TOF 3D Sensing Technology employs 300,000 sensors, 10 times the number used on structured light systems like Apple's TrueDepth Camera. TOF 3D Sensing is also smaller and is more flexible making it easier to place inside a smartphone.


Vivo sees the technology being used for more than just face recognition and says that it can open up new entertainment possibilities. Vivo also points out that this is NOT a proof of concept, and that the technology is tested and that it will soon meet industry standards that are required for it to be integrated with current apps. 

source: Vivo

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16 Comments

1. Aircrackng

Posts: 56; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

Probably will be identifying more weiners then faces be warned men.

4. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

All depends what you want to identify

16. TerryD

Posts: 540; Member since: May 09, 2017

'Sorry, no subject found. Please move the camera closer or select a larger object'

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

This is one aspect where shorter distance range of about 3-4 feet is probably a better idea.

3. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

You know this why and how

8. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

For photography and AR fine, but for face unlock, wouldn't one be able to snatch it and then unlock it from a distance?

9. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Nope, the resolution isn't detail enough for that.. At 300k point, probably it's only enough to unlock it from 1 feet away.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4766; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

If that's the case, then it's okay.

5. Phullofphil

Posts: 1740; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

I hope this company starts to beat Samsung to be the meat android phone maker. Well actually I want Motorola back leading but Vivo has got good ideas

10. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

Their pricing suck.. VIVO and OPPO sells mediatek or SD625 powered devices at $400+ and their flagships line won't reach outside china.

6. kevin007in

Posts: 324; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

where the heck r samsung and apple? speeping? or finding ways to copy this now.......!!!

7. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

I'll buy it if its made by Apple, Samsung, Sony, LG.... Sorry I don't trust China. Soon once you walk out of China airport they can see you where ever you are going.

12. Vokilam

Posts: 1033; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Give it time. I didn’t trust Samsung because it’s Asian company (I know it’s ignorant of me). But were the best devices I’ve ever used.

13. Mr.Pussy

Posts: 348; Member since: Feb 16, 2017

Samsung and Vivo both are Asian company. You rather trust S. Korean that has been our side for many years or communist country like China (Vivo).

14. lamzaza

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 24, 2017

probably a even better bohke effect it can measure the for from the back ground

15. cmdacos

Posts: 3819; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Damn Vivo and their parent company just keep churning out some great tech advances.

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