Microsoft teams up with LX Semicon to develop 3D depth-sensing solution in virtual reality
SEOUL — U.S. technology giant Microsoft will collaborate with LX Semicon, a fabless manufacturer in South Korea, to develop a 3D-sensing solution for virtual reality and augmented reality. The solution will be based on 3D time of flight sensors that measure the distance between the sensor and a target object by calculating the time taken for light to bounce back. The highly precise sensor is also used to scan objects to create three-dimensional models.
A Time-of-Flight (ToF) module is commonly found in smartphones as the sensor module is used when a phone authenticates its owner through face recognition. Data released by global market research firm Global Industry Analysts Inc. showed that the estimated global market for ToF sensors reached $2.7 billion in 2020.
ToF sensors are also used in virtual reality (VR) devices that allow users to have firsthand experiences in virtually created spaces. The 3D ToF sensing technologies have been adopted by various industries including the medical industry, engineering industry and the education industry.
Through the strategic partnership with Microsoft, LX Semicon will develop 3D ToF sensor solutions, the South Korean fabless manufacturer said in a statement on September 8. “We will provide customized solutions that can create future values in various sectors by cooperating with Microsoft‘s cloud-based 3D sensing platform,” Lee Jae-deok, LX Semicon’s executive director was quoted as saying.
LX Semicon has developed sensor solutions for internet of things (IoT) devices and automobiles. The South Korean company will use Microsoft Azure, a cloud computing service for building and managing applications, to provide consumer-based object recognition services. In 2019, Microsoft released its mixed reality (MR) glasses called HoloLens 2 that allows users to explore the digital space. The device, which recognizes gestures and voices, can offer hands-on experiences to users without being connected to PCs and smartphones.
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