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Vivo’s TOF 3D sensing technology showcased, will rival Apple’s Face ID

Vivo’s TOF 3D sensing technology showcased, will rival Apple’s Face ID: Vivo has display its new Time of Flight (TOF) 3D sensing technology which can be seen at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China.

The 3D sensing technology from Vivo will rival Apple’s Face ID,  that was  introduced with the iPhone X. Vivo’s 3D sensing technology CAN be used as the facial recognition, gestures, motion recognition, AR, 3D photography, etc, claims the company, and comes with more advanced technology which the Apple offers with Face ID.

So how does Vivo’s TOF 3D sensing technology work?

This will be detects the time it takes for an emitted pulse light that mark its return to the sensor, and then this can be used to accurately map objects up for the 3 meters in front of it.

The Sensing Technology of the Vivo’s TOF 3D has over 300,000 sensor points, that the company, stated that this is nearly 10 times more than the current Structure Light Technology. The concluding is what powers Apple’s Face ID can have.

As per the Vivo, TOF 3D technology will be also permit for the broader uses of this technology which will be not just being used for facial recognition. Vivo plans on combining this technology with some artificial intelligence (AI) for future applications.

This new technology also will be permit the 3D mapping at up to three meters from the phone, at the same time because this is also having a smaller baseline than Structured Light, that can be used by Apple.

The company also said that the TOF permit for more flexibility which can be embedded in a smartphone. So the sensor will not be as heavy like which the Apple iPhone X had.

Vivo says the technology has been tested and “meets industry standards required in order to have the integration with current apps soon.”

What are the possible use cases of Vivo’s TOF 3D sensing technology? 

For now, TOF 3D Sensing Technology can be used in Facial recognition, which will be also applied for entertainment. The technology will make sure of an accurate tracking of gestures and movements of the user’s entire body that can be given a high number of sensors being used.

This can be also track gestures for mixed reality (MR) games and provide for an entire new way for MR games, claims Vivo. The company also said that the users will be able to scan and recreate entire objects digitally, as the gadget is blessed with the digital mapping feature also.

“From last year’s debut of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, the recent launch of the truly bezel-less Vivo NEX, to our ground-breaking TOF 3D Sensing technology, we continue to forge ahead and evolve towards the truly intelligent future by opening new ways for the AI to help the consumer,” The Senior Vice President of Vivo, Alex Feng, said in a press conference and statement.