-Apple Works on Sensitive Laser Sensor

Nov

14

2017

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Apple is working on a 3D sensor system aimed at an iPhone phone in 2019, in another step toward turning the phone into a leading device in the technology of “enhanced reality”, according to Bloomberg news about people familiar with the plan.

Bloomberg sources said Apple is evaluating a technology different from the technology it currently uses in the TrueDepth sensor system, which is used with the front camera on the iPhone 10, which it introduced in the market earlier this month.

While the current system is based on structured light technology, it drops a pattern of 30,000 laser points on the user’s face and measures the reflection to generate a precise three-dimensional image used for authentication. The sensor in the 2019 phone will instead use a time-based approach that calculates the time it takes for the laser to bounce off its surrounding objects to create a three-dimensional image of the environment.

According to Bloomberg, Apple is expected to keep the True Debeth system, so future iPhone phones will have laser sensors in both front and rear cameras.

The agency quoted sources as saying that Apple has already begun discussions with potential suppliers of the new system. The list of sensor manufacturers adopting the time approach include Infineon Technologies, Sony, STMicroelectronics, and Panasonic.

Bloomberg sources, who asked not to be identified to discuss features that were not released, said the technology test was still in its infancy and could end up not being used in the final version of the phone.

The Bloomberg report comes less than a week after another report said that Apple, which is seeking to develop a revolutionary product behind the iPhone, plans to develop glasses of enhanced reality by 2019, starting to market in early 2020.

Unlike the current generation of virtual reality glasses that use the smartphone as its engine and display, Apple will have its own screen based on a new processor and operating system, Bloomberg quoted people familiar with.

While virtual reality has the advantage of making the user live in a secluded digital world, the enhanced reality is different in that it combines real and virtual reality by overlapping images and data with the surrounding environment. Apple CEO Tim Cook has more than once shown his interest in the enhanced reality and his preference for virtual reality.

“We’re already seeing things that will change the way they work, play, communicate and learn,” Cook said. “We simply believe that enhanced reality will change the way we use technology forever.”

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