The newly granted patent will bring Samsung back into the authentication game and could prove to be a serious contender for Apple’s current system. Facial recognition technology remains one of the safest authentication methods. Samsung iris scanner has its glitches, complaining that it is not compatible with certain types of glasses and it doesn’t work when lying down.
Samsung has yet to adopt it, instead preferring to stick with the original iris scanner. Doing so has been a bit of a sticking point for Samsung fans as 3D-scanning technology is so accessible now that portable devices are becoming a part of the home.
Samsung filed their patent for a 3D-sensing camera back in 2014 before Apple launched their facial recognition software. This would be an important factor in the launch of Samsung’s new technology because it means they can claim that they are not technically copying Apple’s face ID.
Although the new Samsung camera will be similar to Apple’s current face ID system, but it will include highly sensitive biometric cameras used in conjunction with existing Iris scanner.
According to the patent report, Samsung’s granted patent / invention covers a biometric camera system for a mobile device that includes a near infrared (NIR) light source on the mobile device that flashes a user of the mobile device with near infrared light during image capture; a biometric camera located on the mobile device offset from the NIR light source, the biometric camera comprising: an extended depth of field (EDOF) imaging lens; a bandpass filter located adjacent to the EDOF imaging lens to reject ambient light during image capture; and an imaging sensor located adjacent the bandpass filter that converts an optical image of an object into an electronic signal for image processing; and a processor configured to receive video images of an iris of a user from the image sensor, and attempt to match the video images of the iris with previously registered images stored in an iris database, wherein if a match is found, the user is authenticated.
Although there is no information on how Samsung will employ this technology, the granting of this patent could mean that Samsung introduces the next step forward in the facial recognition game. The revolutionary impact of facial recognition technology is already having a significant impact on a diverse range of procedures, from speeding up the queuing process at events to tightening up security in gaming establishments, so a biometric camera with multifunction use and applications is an excellent way to upgrade current systems.
However, it is unlikely that we will see this technique in the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy S10 line-up, so Samsung has announced the successor until you want to capture this new technology.