Samsung has a plan to photograph the invisible: create ‘humanoid’ sensors with artificial intelligence for its cameras

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We had already seen mobile cameras that photograph what the eye cannot see, but the Korean firm wants to create truly intelligent sensors

 

We still don’t know for sure what the new Galaxy S24 family will be like (although due to lack of rumors it won’t be) and Samsung already has its sights set on the next generations. If a few hours ago we knew that the Korean firm is going to use artificial intelligence to transcribe calls in real time, now we are talking about integration of AI in the sensors of their future mobile phones with one objective: to photograph the invisible.

Towards humanoid sensors

This information comes from Business Korea and refers to the collaboration of Samsung Electronics and SK hynix in this project and their respective advances in the matter. The objective? The marketing of ‘humanoid sensors’ capable of detecting and replicating human senses with functions such as capturing the invisible by 2027. But one thing is the culmination of these sensors and another is that we are going to see them in the Korean firm’s mobile portfolio that year.

According to the news, SK hynix is ​​currently in the testing phase, with facial and object recognition functions on the table. However, at the ‘SK Tech Summit 2023’ the firm narrated its progress in the development of ‘On sensor AI’ technology, which would allow an image sensor to be integrated into an artificial intelligence chip, enabling data processing in the unit itself. Thus, while currently the sensors transmit the image information to the CPU to carry out the relevant calculations, with this advance both processing time and energy consumption would be reduced.

Samsung, for its part, is working on the implementation of AI in different areas of its business and image sensors are no exception. Without going any further, this year the company presented a 200-megapixel image sensor with an advanced zoom function called Zoom Anyplace that uses artificial intelligence for automatic object tracking during close-ups and that we will foreseeably see in the new Samsung Galaxy S24.

Cameras capable of capturing the invisible, for what?

The piece does not detail what information not visible to the human eye could be captured, but looking back we can get the idea of what can we expect.

In fact, It is not the first time that a mobile camera makes the invisible visible. Thus, in recent times we have seen terminals with FLIR thermal cameras capable of capturing thermal energy, hyperspectral cameras of the Huawei P50 Pocket with a dedicated sensor for fluorescent photography or the OnePlus 8 Pro 2020, with a color filter camera that provided an X-ray view of the inside of objects.

Of course, as we explained at the beginning of the article, this does not imply that this sensor technology with artificial intelligence reaches mobile phones in the first place or even that it is its scope of application, and could be launched in other segments such as healthcare. , industrial or automotive

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