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Samsung receives patent for 3D face scanning, could debut on the Galaxy S10

By Cookie Monster - on 6 Jul 2018, 3:00am

Samsung receives patent for 3D face scanning, could debut on the Galaxy S10

Samsung recently received a patent for 3D face scanning technology which is described to be more advanced than Apple's Face ID. 

The patent covers a biometric camera system for a mobile device which offers iris recognition and 3D face recognition through the use of a near infrared (NIR) light source, a front-facing camera, an extended depth of field imaging lens and a bandpass filter. 

The biometric camera system can perform other functions such as proximity sensing, night-vision camera, 3D time-of-flight sensor, eye tracking and motion detection. Samsung can use the biometric camera system on a phone, tablet, TV, notebook or desktop. 

The patent was filed in Q3 2014 and the U.S Patent and Trademark Office recently granted the invention to Samsung. This means that Samsung has been working on the biometric authentication feature for the past four years before Apple introduced Face ID on the iPhone X in September 2017. 

While it is too late to integrate this biometric camera system and its technology in the Galaxy Note 9, Samsung is likely to debut it on the Galaxy S10 in February 2019. The South Korean company is said to be working with Israeli firm Mantis Vision on 3D camera solutions for the Galaxy S10.

The 3D face scanning technology could be an additional layer of authentication method aside from the in-display fingerprint sensor which is rumored to be replacing the iris scanner on the Galaxy S10. 

Source: Patently Apple 

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