Qualcomm is bring new Kinect-like functionality to future mobile phones

Qualcomm is bring new Kinect-like functionality to future mobile phones

Qualcomm is bring new Kinect-like functionality to future mobile phones

San Diego-based Qualcomm said on Tuesday that it has rolled out new, depth sensing camera technology, which it is specifically aiming at use in Android devices.

As for availability, Qualcomm is expected to be a part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform.

The low-power, high-performance motion tracking capabilities of the Qualcomm Spectra ISP, in addition to optimized simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms, are created to support new extended reality (XR) use cases for virtual and augmented reality applications that require SLAM.

Qualcomm says that next year's Snapdragon processors will offer much more sophisticated 3D camera capabilities, including the ability to use infra-red for facial recognition.

The next generation Qualcomm Spectra ISP will aid Extended Reality, computer vision and photography purposes.

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It has been mentioned that the chipset will be using infrared light for measuring depth and accurate face recognition.

In the same way phone makers already buy Qualcomm's chipsets and regular image processors, they'll now be able to include AR capabilities without developing their own special hardware. Intel RealSense was featured in the Dell Venue 8 7000 tablet and allowed the camera to adjust depth of field and focal points after the image had been capturing.

What do you think of Qualcomm's Spectra ISP? A depth-sensing front camera could be used by Spectra to confirm your identity, offering an alternative to fingerprint sensors and iris scanners. By working with companies like Sony for image sensors and integration on modules, Qualcomm has pre-qualified sets of hardware and provides calibration profiles for its licensees to select from and build into upcoming devices.

It's the pair of depth-sensing modules that have even greater implications for next year's phones and headsets, though. Today, Qualcomm has announced some of the new features you'll find in its next major mobile chipset, giving us a glimpse at what's to come from smartphones and VR products in 2018.

The end result will be better quality videos and photos and this is one of the key purchase arguments for many users.

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