Apple patent uses depth maps for smart facial detection, bolsters iPhone 8 rumors – AppleInsider (press release) (blog)

Apple recently received a patent for a feature thought to be featured in the iphone 8, using infrared light to achieve depth-mapping to allow facial recognition. It is speculated that the feature will be part of a 3D camera system that can do anything from biometric authentication to use in gaming.

Key Takeaways:

  • Apple recently received a patent for “Enhanced Face Detection Using Depth Information.”
  • This technology applies specialized software systems to object recognition tasks, specifically those involving human faces.
  • This patent may be a building block to a face-based bio-recognition system rumored to debut with this year’s iPhone.

“A steady stream of PrimeSense IP has been trickling through the USPTO in the intervening years, including patents for 3D mapping, a 3D virtual keyboard and more.”