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Friday 30th July 2021 02:14 AM
Microsoft Patent Highlights New Surface Duo And Surface Neo Camera
Microsoft’s announcement of the hinged Surface Duo and Surface Neo hardware earlier this year allows the Redmond-based company to do some of the development in the open. The twin-screened devices are public, and the excitement can build up in a different way to ’secret’ released (such as the Surface Pro X, which launched at the same event). That means that new technology that shows up in patents, leaks, and supply chain orders, builds up anticipation for specific devices, rather than a stack of clues that the geekerati have to work out. Into this mix comes some advanced camera technology to help identify faces and facial movements.
The details can be found in a recently published patent. “Object Recognition Using Depth And Multi-Spectral Cameras” described techniques and hardware to record the ‘depth’ of each pixel to build up a mathematical model that aids object recognition The team at Windows Latest have taken a closer look:
"The filing discusses a camera configured to output depth-multi-spectral image and each pixel includes at least a depth value and spectral value. It uses object recognition machine combined with a depth+multi-spectral image to understand the structure of the object and produce output.
“The recognition machine uses a convolutional neural network to determine the face or object." Although there are no device line drawings in the patent, having a facial recognition system to unlock the Surface Duo and Surface Neo would sit alongside having a “world class camera” in the new foldable machines that are scheduled to go on sale in late 2020.
Neither should we forget that Microsoft has the successful and widely deployed Windows Hello across countless installations. This is not going to be a new space that the Surface Duo and Surface Neo will be pioneering. Those two devices will be building on years of practical experience, research, and development.