Qualcomm's second-gen Spectra ISP bring advanced image processing to Android

Nichole Vega
August 17, 2017

The new modules that are to be introduced are the following i.e. iris authentication camera module, passive depth sensing module and active depth sensing module. The new module program is built on the technology behind Qualcomm's Spectra embedded image signal processors (ISP) family.

And while the image was shot exclusively from above the player's hands, the Qualcomm reps were then able to rotate the video to reveal that the depth-sensing camera was able to capture the player and keyboard in a almost complete 3D image. Qualcomm announced new depth-sensing features that will make it to Android devices soon, enabled by new generation Spectra image signal processors and camera modules, set to launch with the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform.

"New computer vision use cases that utilize deep learning techniques and bokeh quality image experiences", says Qualcomm. Most probably. Other augmented reality executions? Depth sensing can revolutionize standalone VR and AR headsets as tracking and object avoidance becomes more precise and hand held controllers obsolete.

Apple is all set to add its newly-patented facial-recognition tech to its upcoming iPhone 8, while Android phone makers are seeking Qualcomm's support to offer advanced features on its forthcoming Snapdragon chipsets. It sees depth sensing to be the next mission critical must have feature for smartphones. The result could be phones, tablets and more that can see in a whole new way.

The passive depth sensor, meanwhile, uses two camera lenses to capture the same scene. A depth-sensing front camera could be used by Spectra to confirm your identity, offering an alternative to fingerprint sensors and iris scanners. But it's not just accuracy: active depth sensing can help with low-light situations, too.

That's where the active depth-sensing module comes in. Spectra's job is to take the output of the camera sensor and process the image you are eventually shown. If you shoot a lot of video on your phone, you'll appreciate Spectra's support for motion compensated temporal filtering (MCTF), which will allow for sharper images of moving objects, even when the camera itself is moving.

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