Vivo has been in the news for many innovative reasons lately. The company was the very first to introduce the in-display fingerprint sensor in the country and it was also introduced one of the most innovative phones at MWC this year. The concept phone was the APEX smartphone which was later marketed as the NEX smartphone in India and China.
The NEX had a lot of interesting features such as the in-display fingerprint sensor along with the pop-out camera which gave the device a massive 91.24 percent screen-to-body ratio which was never been done before ever. Now it would seem that Vivo has beaten Apple to the game that the Cupertino giant had introduced for the very first time on a smartphone. Yes, we are talking about the 3D face recognition technology.
Understanding 3D Face Recognition
The iPhone X uses a very complex and expensive face mapping mechanism which is called as the True Depth sensor module. All these tiny little sensors and lasers are hidden in the massive notch on the top of the iPhone X. They project millions of infrared dots invisible to the human eye to carefully map the face of the registered user and then authenticate the device.
What Vivo has done is that it has created a mechanism which offers more than 10x the little dots that we see in the True Depth Sensor to make a more accurate face map of the registered person’s face and indeed create a 3D image of an object.
Vivo has called its technology TOF which is an acronym for ‘time of flight,’ as it measures what is the time taken for an emitted light pulse for getting itself back to a sensor. This data is used to create a 3D map of an object, whether it is a face, or something else. Vivo has said that this technology will be shipped in the next upcoming Vivo flagship device.
As a matter of fact, Vivo’s tech is so accurate at such a distance that it can detect a person’s face from a distance of 3 meters which is not possible on an iPhone X. The big thing here is the fact that it also has the potential for a range of other applications including augmented reality gaming.
The technology cannot be implemented without putting a notch on the top of the device but even still the notch will be much smaller than that of Apple’s iPhone X. Let’s hope to see great potential from Vivo’s TOF technology as it may be considered as the next thing in the world of AR, VR and also mixed reality. Oppo and OnePlus will also be not behind if Vivo implements the tech properly.