Since Apple introduced Face ID technology in iPhone X, other smartphones makers are following it to catch up but until today no one was able to beat iPhone X’s Face ID despite being criticized by many researchers who were able to trick Apple Face ID.
But Face ID became one of the major selling points for Chinese smartphone makers, the companies are trying to sell their products on the basis of improved facial recognition technology.
Same is the case with Vivo; the company is trying to beat Apple’s Face ID on one hand and makes it a major selling point on the other. Vivo has introduced a new 3D depth sensing system which has 300,000 sensor points, astonishingly 10 times higher than iPhone X’s Face ID.
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You might take it as a reminiscent in Vivo’s case but things are changing and different now, Chinese smartphone makers are also getting supplies from the vendors popular smartphone makers such as Samsung, Nokia, Apple use, the hardware side has almost become incomparable but the software side is still challenging for Chinese smartphone makers and the Face ID is one of them.
The Vivo’s Face ID technology is using ‘structured light’ it works by sending a pulse out and calculate the ‘time of flight’ (TOF) which the light takes to bounce back to the sensor. Vivo claims that their technology allows 3D mapping up to 3 meters from the phone.
The primary focus of the Face ID is to improve facial recognition and provide better security, but it’s not limited to these two features, the technology can open up doors for more features such as full-body scan for beautification, try outfits virtually and augmented reality.
A senior executive at Vivo Alex Feng said: “By bringing TOF 3D technology and AI together will continue to explore new opportunities for a better future.” However, there is a wide of opportunities ahead, from improving security to better portrait it could also go beyond what we are after today.”
Since other manufacturers have considered the structured light to be used for facial recognition and phone unlock, Vivo might be the first one to implement it, but it would be interesting to see what Vivo brings on the table after developing this technology, would it be better than iPhone X Is still doubtful for many.