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CML says its depth camera is better than Apple's LiDAR system

Cambridge Mechatronics Limited is building a depth camera for smartphones that's far superior to Apple's iPhone 12 LiDAR system.

Published Tue, Oct 27 2020 12:11 AM CDT   |   Updated Thu, Nov 26 2020 7:30 PM CST

Cambridge Mechatronics Limited (CML) recently announced it is building a depth camera for smartphones that is better for AR than Apple's LiDAR system.

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Apple recently revealed the iPhone 12 Pro lineup, which comes equipped with a LiDAR depth camera system that enables advanced AR applications that understand your surroundings' spatial map. The LiDAR camera in the iPhone 12 Pro can capture 600 points of data up to five meters away. Apple then uses AI to fill in the missing information to build a 3D mesh of your environment to enable impressive augmented reality experiences.

CML's new camera can capture depth at up to 10 meters, and it does so with much higher precision than Apple's LiDAR camera. CML said its camera collects 300,000 points of data, which gives its captures high enough resolution not to warrant additional processing from a neural network.

CML said that it would release more information about its new cameras soon. In the meantime, the company is shopping for mobile tech companies that would like to integrate its technology into future smartphone and tablet devices.

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Kevin is a lifelong tech enthusiast. His fascination with computer technology started at a very young age when he watched a family friend install a new hard drive into the family PC. After building his first computer at 15, Kevin started selling custom computers. After graduating, Kevin spent ten years working in the IT industry. These days, he spends his time learning and writing about technology - specifically immersive technologies like augmented reality and virtual reality.

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