Say Hello To Smarter Imaging With Qualcomm Spectra


You would think that your regular camera in your smartphone was the best in class. Well, if you have a flagship Android smartphone that came out in 2017, that’s probably true. But what if your smartphone camera could do more, so much more? Well, that’s where Qualcomm comes in. The SoC (System on a Chip) manufacturer recently announced their new second generation Spectra camera technology. This essentially allows Android smartphones to capture 3D images along with movement in real-time. The data would be converted in real time to digital form.

In addition the Qualcomm Spectra module would also have improved biometric authentication and high-resolution depth sensing. All these technologies can be used in a variety applications that deal with photo, video recording, and virtual reality. This means that in the near future, we are bound to experience a wave of cool new gadgets.

Going into detail about the Qualcomm Spectra Module, it makes use of Spectra image signal processors or ISPs. This would result in a generation of smartphones that would have the ability to detect a 3D environment and convert it to something that is understandable by a computer. As an example, they could be used by a smart car to detect a human walking around it, or detect the movement of someone playing a musical instrument.

Qualcomm Spectra in action
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The ISP would possess advancements in computer vision, image quality and power efficiency which would be used for Qualcomm’s next Snapdragon Mobile and VR Platforms. As an example, the camera module would have additional modules such as iris authentication, passive depth sensoring and active depth sensing. It also takes Moore’s Law to the next leven with more transistors packed into a circuit .

According to an official at Qualcomm, depth sensing would be the next mission critical feature for smartphones. This would revolutionize standalone VR and AR headsets as it would enable tracking and object avoidance to be much more precises, thus rendering hand-held controllers obsolete.

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