Thursday, 7 April 2016

Smartphone 3D Cameras to be Equipped with Computer Vision Technology

Lenovo’s smartphone with 3D camera will be the world’s first commercial smartphone that supports Google’s Tango technology that has computer vision.

Technological advancements have made it possible to incorporate 3D camera in smartphones. It enables enhanced quality, improved performance, and real sensing of objects. 3D sensors are integrated in smartphones that detect movements and captures precise dimensions of objects and environment. Smartphone 3D camera is gaining prominence with an increase in adoption of smartphones and innovation in features.

Computer Vision in Smartphones:

Computer vision and real sensing are features that detect movements and scan objects have been introduced in smartphones by Google, Lenovo, and Intel. These leading technology companies are introducing computer vision in smartphones. Google’s Tango project has been developed for software enthusiasts and developers to experiment with computer vision. Google is working on project Tango in order to give a human-like perception to computer, which can be used in smartphones. While, Intel’s RealSense project is about interaction between humans and computers that can be used in drones and robots along with smartphones.

Intel’s RealSense Smartphone 3D Camera:

It has Intel’s RealSense ZR300 camera, an 8 MP rear-facing camera, and a 2 MP front-facing camera. In addition, it also has motion sensors, such as an accelerometer and a gyroscope. RealSense ZR300 camera is able to capture around 10 million depth points per second. Furthermore, motion and feature tracking is provided with features of a wide field-of-view camera. The smartphone has a 6-inch display with 2560x1440 resolution. Intel’s RealSense Smartphone prototype is equipped with Intel Atom x7-Z8700 system-on-chip.

Features of the Intel Atom x7-Z8700 are as follow:

  • Four cores & 2MB cache
  • Built-in Intel HD Graphics core with 16 execution units
  • 1.6 GHz – 2.4 GHz clock-rate
  • 2 W thermal design power with 14 nm process technology

Lenovo’s Project Tango Smartphone 3D Camera:

The smartphone is equipped with a 6.5-inch display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon system-on-chip. Lenovo’s smartphone with 3D camera will be the world’s

first commercial smartphone that supports Google’s Tango technology. The smartphone has following features of project Tango:
  • Regular sensors, such as an RGB camera, a motion tracking camera,
  • An IR depth sensor
  • Motion sensors, such as gyroscope and accelerometer

Analysts studying the market have presented a thorough information about current market trends and how market would grow in future. Allied Market Research has published a report titled, “World Smartphone 3D Camera Market - Opportunities and Forecasts, 2014 - 2020.” As per the report, the world smartphone 3D camera market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 48.2% from 2015 to 2020 and would reach $2,028.8 million by 2020. The report offers a comprehensive analysis of market segmentation, drivers & opportunities, and competitive scenario. Furthermore, the study provides value chain analysis, SWOT analysis, and estimations through 2014 to 2020 for each segment of the industry.