Vivo has showcased its new Time of Flight (TOF) 3D sensing technology at the ongoing Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Shanghai, China. The 3D sensing technology from Vivo will rival Apple’s Face ID, which was introduced with the iPhone X. Vivo’s 3D sensing technology will be used facial recognition, gestures, motion recognition, AR, 3D photography, etc, claims the company, and comes with more advanced technology that what Apple offers with Face ID.
So how does Vivo’s TOF 3D sensing technology work?
It detects the time it takes for an emitted pulse light to return to the sensor, and then this is used to accurately map objects up to three meters in front of it. Vivo’s TOF 3D Sensing Technology has over 300,000 sensor points, which the company says is nearly 10 times more than the current Structure Light Technology. The latter is what powers Apple’s Face ID.
According to Vivo, TOF 3D technology will allow for more broader uses of this technology than just being used for facial recognition. Vivo plans on combining this technology with artificial intelligence (AI) for future applications. The new technology allows for 3D mapping at up to three meters from the phone, while having a smaller baseline than Structured Light, which is used by Apple.
The company also claims TOF allows for more flexibility when it is embedded in a smartphone. So the sensor will not be as heavy or jut out like the ones on the Apple iPhone X. Vivo says the technology has been tested and “meets industry standards required for integration with current apps soon.”
What are the possible use cases of Vivo’s TOF 3D sensing technology?
For now, TOF 3D Sensing Technology will be used in Facial recognition, but it can also be applied for entertainment as well. The technology will ensure an accurate tracking of gestures and movements of the user’s entire body, given the high number of sensors being used. It can also track gestures for mixed reality (MR) games and provide an entire new way for MR games, claims Vivo. The company also claims users will be able to scan and recreate entire objects digitally, thanks to the digital mapping feature.
“From last year’s debut of In-Display Fingerprint Scanning Technology, the recent launch of the truly bezel-less Vivo NEX, to our ground-breaking TOF 3D Sensing technology, we continue to forge ahead and evolve towards the truly intelligent future by opening new ways for the AI to help the consumer,” Alex Feng, Senior Vice President of Vivo said in a press statement.
Infinix S4 Smartphone With Triple Rear Cameras, X Band 3 Fitness Band Launched
Infinix S4 has now been launched in India, after the launch of the Smart 3 Plus last month. The phone sports a triple rear camera setup, a rear fingerprint sensor, and a waterdrop-style notch. The Infinix S4 key features include the MediaTek Helio P22 SoC, a 6.21-inch large display, Android 9 Pie software, a 32-megapixel selfie sensor, and a 4,000mAh battery. The company also launched the X Band 3 fitness band alongside the smartphone, and it comes with real-time heart rate monitoring and up to 20-day battery life.
Infinix S4, X Band 3 price in India
Infinix S4 is priced in India at Rs. 8,999. The phone will be available on Flipkart from May 28 at 12pm (noon) IST. It will be available in Nebula Blue, Space Grey, and Twilight Purple colour options. The X Band 3, on the other hand, is priced in India at Rs. 1,599 and will be available on Flipkart from June 4.
Infinix S4 specifications
As for specifications, the dual-SIM Infinix S4 runs on Android Pie-based XOS 5.0. The phone features a 6.21-inch HD+ (720×1520 pixels) display with 19.5:9 aspect ratio, and 2.5D curved glass display protection. The phone is powered by the 2GHz MediaTek Helio P22 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM. Internal storage is at 32GB with the option to expand further using a dedicated microSD card (up to 256GB).
The triple rear camera setup at the back houses – a primary 13-megapixel snapper with f/1.8 aperture, another 8-megapixel 120 degrees ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, and a last 2-megapixel camera as well. The rear setup is accompanied by a Quad-LED flash. Up front, the Infinix S4 will have a 32-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture and screen flash. Features include auto scene detection across eight modes including portrait, text, night, backlight HDR, blue sky, sports and others.
The phone packs a 4,000mAh battery, the dimensions measure at 156x75x7.9mm, and it weighs 155 grams. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v5, Micro-USB port, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3.5mm audio jack, and more. The phone supports Face Unlock and a rear fingerprint sensor as well. Sensors on board include a G-sensor, proximity sensor, light sensor, and compass.
Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2 Announced With Improved Camera and More
Google is bringing the second edition of its eye-wearable device — Google Glass Enterprise Edition 2, with improved camera, USB Type-C port and safety frames.
Google Glass is a small, lightweight wearable computer with a transparent display that brings information into your line of sight.
“Glass Enterprise Edition 2 helps businesses further improve the efficiency of their employees,” Jay Kothari, Project Lead, Glass at Google, wrote in a blog post on Monday.
To enable significant power-saving, support for computer vision and advanced Machine Learning (ML) capabilities, the Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is built on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR1 platform that comes with a multi-core CPU.
The company says, Glass Enterprise Edition 2 is easier to develop for and deploy. In order to support scaled deployments, Google has also added support for Android Enterprise Mobile Device Management to the wearable.
The price of the second edition of Google Glass remain undisclosed as of now.
“Enterprise businesses interested in using Glass Enterprise Edition 2 can contact our sales team or our network of Glass Enterprise solution partners starting today.
We’re excited to see how our partners and customers will continue to use Glass to shape the future of work,” Kothari added.
In August 2017, Streye, a “Glass for Work” partner started selling the eye-wearable device Google Glass Enterprise Edition starting from $1,829 (roughly Rs. 1.3 lakhs).
Google sells the eye-wearable device with “Glass for Work” partners which are authorised to develop and deliver enterprise solutions for Glass customers.
The device has been known to be helping scientists study brain disease, during emergency and teach Morse code in four hours.
The first Google Glass was introduced with much fanfare in 2014. At $1,500, it promised a new, bold era for information.
People, however, realised the device was not yet ready to be part of their lives. There were safety and health concerns. The built-in camera raised privacy and piracy issues too.
Juhi Chawla supports her kids dreams
Actress Juhi Chawla says her son Arjun is good at mimicking accents and that he is hilarious, so sometimes she feels that he can probably try his hand at acting.
Juhi is currently living out of a suitcase, swinging between Mumbai, Kolkata and the UK where her teenaged children are put up in a boarding school.
In times when star kids have a ready launch-pad for their Bollywood career to take off, Juhi has shared about her children’s interests.
“My small monkey Arjun has clearly told us, ‘Mom don’t even think about it’. With Jahnavi, I’m not so sure. Arjun is quite funny and good with mimicking accents. He’s actually hilarious, so I feel sometimes that he could maybe try,” Juhi said in a statement.
“Jahnavi is an avid reader. If there is anything she likes in this world, and if you ask her what she wants as a gift, it will be a book. She said she wanted to be a writer.
“Then she went through a phase where she said ‘Okay I want to be a model’. Tomorrow she might say ‘I want to be an actress’. Then she might say she wants to drop all this and do sports. I don’t know, but I have learnt one thing that you have to let your children do what they want,” she added.