Lower-cost 3D technology could be coming to smartphone cameras
A cheaper version of lidar can help Stanford’s 3D imaging system become available on a large number of smartphones
Lidar shoots out a laser light and times how long it takes to bounce off of a subject and return to the phone. It can be used to measure how fast an object is traveling, how far away it is, whether it is getting closer or farther away, and whether it will cross paths with another object. Lidar is already used on the iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max to improve focusing in low-light, and for Night Mode.
Kabayama added that “Whether you’re a CrossFit junkie, weekend golfer, or avid Peloton enthusiast, the risk of physical injury is present and for many, a constant battle. Professional athletes have access to 3D technology that serves as a way to minimize performance-related injuries, but most of us everyday athletes do not.”
Everyday athletes could gain access to the same injury-reducing information as the pros if bringing 3D capabilities to smartphones lowers the cost of using 3D technology. “With most injuries due to overexertion, improper form, or other poor body mechanics, 3D imaging can make pinpointing areas of improvement — whether that be form or parts of the body to strengthen — a seamless task,” Kabayama continues.
3D capabilities on smartphone cameras will also improve security
Another executive of a 3D company is Hans Hansen, the CEO of Brand 3D. Hansen states that “With 3D cameras, you would be able to capture scenes and objects that people remotely would be able to experience as if they were physically in the room. This would be groundbreaking for remote working, learning and for safe distances during pandemics, as well as for diagnosing, treating and repairing functions in healthcare, technology, and manufacturing sectors.”
Collecting more depth information gets more data about your face to your phone. This should reduce the number of times that facial recognition fails to recognize your face and also protects you from attackers trying to break into your handset.
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