Tech Explained: Depth Sensors

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The latest iPhone comes equipped with a dual camera and laser sensor. Even if you do not plan on ever owning an iPhone, this laser and camera combo is an important innovation. It will allow the phone to act as a depth sensor. This in turn will open up new possibilities for augmented reality, facial recognition and security. So how does depth sensing work, and why is it an important innovation? A conventional camera translates the 3D world into a 2D image. However, humans do not see the world in 2D. In order for computers to see the world as…

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