Back in 2017, Apple introduced FaceID with iPhone X that had the potential of unlocking the smartphone via 3D scan of the face. The system could differentiate between a picture and a real face but it could not tell if the face was that of a real person or a 3D mask. It seems that in the coming years, this might change with the help of a new camera technology that allows smartphone cameras to identify different objects.
Trinamix, a subsidiary of BASF SE, has developed a new algorithm that uses infrared technology and dot projectors to detect and identify the type of material of an object.
Ingmar Bruder, the founder and the CEO of the company had planned to demo the tech in the now-canceled MWC 2020. Recently, in a demo shown by the CEO to a CNET reporter, the prototype app was able to differentiate between a rubber face mask and a real face. Apart from this, it was also successful in differentiating two similar-looking blocks. For example, it differentiated between similar-looking plastic and wooden objects.
It is reported that this technology detects different materials by identifying the deflected light from the infrared sensors and the dot projectors individually which means the technology measures the distance of each backscatter of the dots projected individually from the object. It works in a completely new manner than the existing face-scanning systems.
Reports suggest that Trinamix is currently working with Qualcomm to integrate the new algorithm in their upcoming mobile chipsets. With the addition of this new tech, smartphones will be backed up by an extra layer of protection while unlocking. So far, this technology has been passed testing materials like clothes, metals, wood, and plastic and in the coming months, it might be tried on cars and robots too.