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Sony will further increase the production of its developed 3D sensors for smartphones. This entry is for the American financial news website Bloomberg. The reason for increasing production is a strong demand for this latest camera technology.

According to the news site, the Japanese manufacturer is going to further increase its production of 3D sensors because it is in demand from more smartphone manufacturers. These manufacturers would also include Apple, after the Chinese manufacturer Huawei had previously announced that it would be putting these cameras in its smartphones. Other manufacturers are not known, but Sony also supplies cameras to Alphabet and Samsung.

According to the Japanese manufacturer, production of 3D sensors must be on track by late summer 2019 to meet overall demand. Sony is not the only manufacturer and developer of 3D cameras for smartphones. Manufacturers such as Lumentum Holdings and STMicroelectronics also produce these cameras.

Laser technology

The technology used by the Japanese manufacturer for its 3D camera sensors is that of time of flight. This technology emits invisible laser pulses and measures how long it takes them to reflect back. According to Sony, this allows more detailed 3D models to be developed and the technology works up to five metres away.

Mobile games good user case

According to Sony, 3D camera technology can be used for mobile games, among other things. In this way, virtual characters can be placed and navigated in a real time environment. 3D camera technology can also be used to control mobile games with hand gestures.

Other applications of 3D camera technology include unlocking smartphones by facial recognition and better measuring depth for taking nocturnal photos.

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