Microsoft continues its collaboration with other companies. Now, LG Innotek has agreed to help the company create a 3D sensing component for Azure, Microsoft's public cloud computing platform.

LG is known for producing high-end cameras, and this time, they will be assigned to make the ToF (Time of Flight) module for the said platform. What LG has been doing can be compared to Apple when it comes to establishing AR innovations.

The Function of ToF Sensors

Microsoft Collaborates with LG to Create 3D Sensing Component for Azure
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Microsoft Azure will support the 3D-sensing cameras through the collaboration of Microsoft with LG.

The ultra-compact camera or the ToF module is a component that makes use of 3D sensors. It can be used for a wide range of uses like distance calculation. It is done through computing the time when light reflects from its subject.

The other use of the ToF module is object recognition, where the subject's movement, 3D effect, and spatial details are considered. Moreover, it can also be utilized for face recognition.

According to a report by TechRadar, the ToF module can extend its functions when it comes to virtual reality, artificial reality, biometric verification, and motion sensing.

The cameras used in this regard are only made for computer vision analysis and yet, manufacturing them and considering their designs is not easy.

This is because special technology is required to carry out its features that should have an optical design capability, and strong sensor level understanding.

At a speed of 20 fps, ToF sensors are no wonder what the best tools are when it comes to 3D technology since they could convert the 'normal' photos into 3D images. There's more room to explore especially in diving into the objects' movements in 3D scale.

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In a company statement, the head of the optics solution product planning division of LG, Eun Jong-yun spoke. He said that the company's move to join Microsoft is simply to improve the partnership between them.

Through exploring new designs and several improvements when it comes to 3D sensing modules, they are uncovering another series of newly-found projects.

The Connection of Azure Support to 3D-Sensing Cameras

According to a report by Korea Herald, the US tech giant was the first one to approach LG. The collaboration of Microsoft with the Korean electronics company has been happening over the past years. When LG learned that the Azure ecosystem will be involved, the project is expected to be more engaging.

Microsoft has been looking for collaborators for its platform, and dealing with LG when it comes to 3D cameras is a good choice. More than two decades since the company invested in the 3D sensing field, the company's 3D sensing method has successfully developed Azure Kinect Devkit and Microsoft Hololens.

"We are excited to welcome LG Innotek to our ecosystem and accelerate time to market for 3D cameras. This is a key step towards providing easy access for computer vision developers to create 3D vision applications," Microsoft's head of business incubation for the Silicon & Sensor's group, Daniel Bar said.

3D cameras which were supported by Azure can calculate the movements and verifying the persons' motions when they move their bodies. In another scope, these special cameras can help in inventory management and theft prevention. Moreover, analyses can also be run and monitored in the factories to avoid hazards.


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