What TrueDepth camera can bring us

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rafark, Oct 5, 2017.

  1. rafark macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2017
    As I mentioned in another post, most people think of the TrueDepth camera system as faceId and poop animojis; however the technology has the potential to be used in many other useful ways other than the dark and scary things people think of.

    I imagine:

    -Facial gestures. You're given a confirmation screen/alert and you may accept it by turning your head up and down or cancel it by turning your head left to right. Or maybe you are watching a movie and got a new notification that gives you the option to reply or perform a similar action again by turning your head up/down or left/right.

    -eyesight tracking.- perhaps an interface that uses your eye sight to adapt the contents of the screen.

    -facial gestures and behavioral learning. You're browsing your social feed and the app uses your facial gestures to build up a profile. When you smile to a picture or post, the app uses that post to find similar posts to show you in the future. Same thing but the oposite when you do an angry or uncomfortable expression when viewing a certain post. This technology can really serve as a foundation to a system that knows what you like and what you don't. Basically the computer can now get to deeply know you.

    -photography apps.- what about an app that can change the facial expressions of your face from any image of yourself.

    -games and fx apps.

    The possibilities are endless and the technology has the potential to really bring up to the table things we only saw in science fiction movies.

    So what else do you think can be done with the TrueDepth camera?
  2. KGB7 Suspended


    Jun 15, 2017
    Rockville, MD
    What if I’m watching a movie on tv while using my phone? That would make the tech kind of useless.
    There are many examples I can bring up why face gestures or eye tracking would not work while I’m multitasking.
  3. Rigby macrumors 601

    Aug 5, 2008
    San Jose, CA
    How would that be easier or better than tapping a button on the screen?
    I don't see how a dot projector would help with that. Eye tracking can be done with a regular camera (see e.g. here).
    Creep factor is too high. I usually don't make faces at my phone anyway.
    Sounds like a variation of the poop emoji. ;)
    More specifically?

    Maybe someone comes up with a brilliant idea, but I'm not convinced that the system is all that useful in its current limited form. It would be cool if it could be used as a general 3D object scanner, but apparently the ML model is trained for faces only.
  4. fred98tj macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2017
    Central Luzon, Philippines
    Some is old tech, such as eyesight tracking. The Canon A2E (35mm film camera) had eyesight tracking years ago. It would follow your eye in the viewfinder and focus on whatever you looked at. Worked good. And that came out in 1992.
  5. Relentless Power macrumors Penryn

    Relentless Power

    Jul 12, 2016
    But I imagine this new TrueDepth Camera is far more AdVanced that will offer much more capabilities with tracking and recognition compared to Canon. And I doubt many today were aware the technology you are referring to existed back in 1992.
  6. DNichter macrumors G3


    Apr 27, 2015
    Philadelphia, PA
    I trust that developers will come up with a ton of useful things to use the TrueDepth camera for. It's very advanced tech that nobody else has right now. I will leave it up to them though as I am not that clever.

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