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Qualcomm’s technology will bring Kinect-like functionality to smartphones. Android is the first operating system that will be supported by Qualcomm’s second-generation Spectra Module Program in smartphones. There had been reports of Microsoft’s next big Windows Phone may come with Kinect-like motion gestures but later the company changed its plan.

While the previous modules were focused on low-light photography, with new modules Qualcomm is bringing iris authentication module for better biometric authentication, new camera modules, and AR smarts. Even the low-end devices will able to enjoy some of these features.

“New computer vision use cases that utilize deep learning techniques and bokeh quality image experiences,” says Qualcomm. Spectra ISP (image-signal-processing) in Windows PC brings Windows Hello and other features with help of Intel RealSense camera.


“Whether used for computational photography, video recording, or for computer vision applications that require accurate motion tracking, it’s clear that power-efficient camera image signal processing has become more important for the next generation of mobile user experiences,” said Tim Leland Tim Leland, vice president of product management at Qualcomm.

The Intel RealSense could not be used on smartphones because of thermal overhead. While on other, Qualcomm has the solution and they will probably be able to get success in the new technology. New Spectra ISP could be installed on mobile phones as it uses less space.

Qualcomm hasn’t revealed the release date but it will be launched with the upcoming Snapdragon 845 chip. “Spectra ISP technology is expected to be part of the next flagship Snapdragon Mobile Platform,” says Qualcomm. It remains to be seen whether or not the companies like Samsung adopt the new modules in their upcoming flagship Galaxy smartphones.

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