iPhone 7 to feature patented 3D scanning
In line with intel’s Real Sense Camera idea (technology) which is now featuring in number of personal computers; Apple has registered a patent for 3D scanning technology to be featured in its upcoming iPhone 7. Thought the patent is not registered yet, Apple claims to be the pioneer in 3D scanning technology for Mobile Handset devices & shall be the first mover in this space.
So let’s understand what exactly this patent covers. The filed patent in itself is the group of several under 20160238834 & mention a fair ideas including “a scanning depth engine, which includes a transmitter, which emits a beam comprising pulses of light, and a scanner, which is configured to scan the beam, within a predefined scan range, over a scene.” Thought that’s all could be said about the filed patent at the moment, but it could include a micro mirror produced by used Micro electro mechanical systems (MEMs) technology. Under the under discussion patent system a receiver takes in the light from the scanned area & generates an output based on the pulses to and from points in the scene. Moreover a processor for the system control the scanner to help create the receiver output as a result 3D map of the area is generated.
Windows computer logging system ‘Hello’ is currently using a very similar technology by allowing user with RealSense cameras to use facial recognition for logging into the computer. The technology behind intel’sRealSense camera is also the heart of 3D depth camera used in Microsoft Kinect devices used to control the Xbox One. Kinect controller has also opened doors for the developers to make the most of its features with the help of 3D printing.
We feel though there are numerous pros of having several features within a single mobile device itself, such as eliminating the need for number of different gadgets but there is the concern of crafting a device which can’t cope operations for all of these features leading to either have system faults or being unable to hold the right amount of charge for long, another problem could be the compromise with the level of complexity by assembling all the parts and programs small enough to fit into a portable phone.
Still despite of all the associated risks it’s certainly worth implementing it at such a scale, as development will mean this application of it will become more successful. We strongly believe without putting the initial idea into practice, we wouldn’t have the portable technology we have now. We seriously hope this advancement in 3D scanning technology is as successful as it potentially can be.