3D Devices from Amazon and Google

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Amazon new 3D smartphone, expected June 18, will use modified version of OKAO Vision face sensing, reports TechCrunch.

Face-tracking 3D enables a 3D effect on a normal LCD screen. Four front-facing IR cameras will track the user’s head, and along with Omron’s technology, will adjust the on-screen objects as the user’s perspective changes.

The phone will join Amazon’s lineup of Kindle Fire devices, currently the Kindle Fire HD, HDX, and the Kindle Fire TV. Like those devices, the phone is expected to run the Fire OS, a heavily customized fork of Android.

By contrast, Google’s Project Tango hopes to make mobile devices capable of using depth sensors and high-spec cameras to craft three-dimensional maps, reports Engadget. The Tango team is now developing a seven-inch tablet that’s packed with a lot more power. It isn’t a consumer product yet, but the tablet’s designed to give developers what they need, for about $1000.

Project Tango’s 3D-mapping tablet has a 1080p display and runs a stock version of Android 4.4 KitKat, but uses NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra K1 chip alongside 4GB of RAM and 128GB internal storage. The Tegra K1 mobile processor was introduced at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, and brings Kepler architecture to the mobile platform. The tablet also features USB 3.0, micro-HDMI, Bluetooth LE and LTE.

The Tango has two cameras and a depth sensor on the back. One camera has a 4MP sensor that offer higher light sensitivity (similar to the UltraPixel sensor in HTC’s One), while the other cameras track motion more broadly with 170-degree wide-angle fisheye lenses.

The Movidius VPU goes between the camera and the application processor, instead of between the application processor and the display, like the nVidia GPU. CENTR, the first 4K panoramic camera, also uses the Movidius visual processor.

The Kickstarter funded 360cam from GIROPTIC is a small egg-shaped device that fits in your hand. It features three, 185ยบ fish-eye lenses and has MicroSD and WiFi connectivity for live or recorded 360 degree views. It’s not clear what chips the proposed camera uses.

Posted by Sam Churchill on Friday, June 6th, 2014 at 10:02 am .

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