Samsung Might Finally Have Found a Solution to Take on Apple’s Face ID, With All Info Detailed in the Latest Patent


It was reported in June that Samsung is developing a 3D facial recognition technology for its upcoming Galaxy S10 flagship smartphone. The news has now been corroborated by a patent filing that was approved in late Q2 2018 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

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USPTO has approved Samsung’s patent for a biometric camera which can be installed in a device to scan the iris of the user using the smartphone’s front camera. The technology may also support 3D time-of-flight sensor, night-vision camera, proximity sensing, structured light for 3D sensing, eye positioning and gaze tracking camera.

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The biometric camera will also be able to deal with the issue of ambient light by flashing infrared light to the user during the capture process. The biometric camera also has an extended depth of field imaging lens to capture pictures at short distances.

Just like any other facial recognition systems, Samsung’s biometric camera will serve to authenticate a user who attempts to unlock a device integrated with a system like this. Apart from being used on a smartphone, the patented biometric camera can also be used on a television, notebook, tablet, and desktop. Samsung hasn’t revealed when it will release a mobile device with this biometric system, but with the patent filing and with the Galaxy S10 release date expected during MWC 2019, it is not hard to imagine the upcoming flagship featuring this security upgrade.

The patented biometric camera will be a direct competitor to Apple’s Face ID that was seen on the iPhone X. Samsung filed the patent for a 3D sensing technology way back in 2014, which means it was probably thinking about this technology way before Apple introduced its own, but sadly, the Cupertino tech giant and Samsung’s biggest competitor in the smartphone space beat the latter in introducing 3D facial recognition.

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News Source: Patently Apple