Report: Here's the Face-Tracking Tech Amazon's 3D Smartphone Will Use

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At this point, we're damn near certain that Amazon's big June 18 announcement will be its first foray into the (3D?) smartphone market. But now, thanks to a report from TechCrunch, it looks like the four front-mounted IR cameras will be powered by Omron's Okao Vision's face-tracking face-tracking technology.

Amazon's teaser video certainly seems to imply that the phone responds directly to a user's movements, and according to TechCrunch, tilting your head to either the left or right will give you access to the phone's hidden side panels. So where does all this 3D talk come in? The four front-facing cameras mean that Okao's face-detecting software can get X, Y, and Z coordinates, which works with the phone's gyro sensor and accelerometer to create a glasses-less 3D effect.

While that all holds potential to be a neat trick in its own right, the really interesting part will come when third-party developers get their hands on Amazon's hardware. [Tech Crunch]

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Greg the Mad

The four front-facing cameras mean that Okao's face-detecting software can get X, Y, and Z coordinates, which works with the phone's gyro sensor and accelerometer to create a glasses-less 3D effect.

er ... no? Unless your screen can create two different images and send each to one eye, there is no 3D effect.

They could use this to create a phony parallax effect, but nothing 3D. The eye will always perceive such a given image as a 2D image, and at best will lead to headaches/nausea at prolonged use.

Unless you have an actual 3D screen, like this, or use the method of Oculus Rift, you will always end up with a 2D image.

You either have to make good 3D, or no 3D at all. There is no (reasonable) middle-ground.