14 February 2020
Microsoft is working on a “Depth and multi-spectral” camera that will do some kind of object recognition. This is evident from a patent application filed and published in the second half of 2019 and now spotted by Windows Latest.
While the patent application doesn’t specifically mention the name of the products, it is fair to assume that upcoming Surface products will include this camera. Also, it could be possible that the recently introduced Surface Duo and Neo could feature this camera, since Panos Panay, the company’s hardware chief said the two devices will get a “good” camera.
So the tech sites have been covering it with this angle only as they look at the possibility of the patent application specifically belonging to the devices with two-screens. For those who don’t know, the Surface Duo is a dual-screen phone that runs Android and Neo is a dual-screen tablet. These prototypes were showcased back in October at a Surface event.
The patent application titled “Object Recognition using depth and multi-spectral camera” discloses a bit about the technology of the camera. According to the description, the multi-spectral camera will recognize 3D objects and understand the structure of those objects. Expect to see neural network giving some support to this camera system since the aim is to recognize the objects. It is even being assumed that Microsoft’s multi-spectral camera could excel over Apple’s TrueDepth camera in a few aspects.
The multi-spectral imaging captures image data and information that the human eye cannot detect. This technology has a vast functionality in major sectors and it will be interesting to see if it comes to Microsoft’s upcoming products as well.
Well, nothing much can be anticipated from here and also understand that companies often file patent applications and not every application ends up becoming a reality. So, take it with a pinch of salt no matter how deeply your curiosity has been affected after this.