Amazon reportedly using face-tracking tech from Omron in upcoming smartphone

In case you were away from the Internet for the past couple of days, you might not know Amazon will be holding a press event in Seattle on June 18. It's more than likely that the briefing will introduce its first smartphone that's rumored to have a screen that creates 3D effects without glasses.

Now TechCrunch is reporting, via unnamed sources, that the 3D screen comes from technology developed by a Japanese company called Omron. It's called Okao Vision and, according to the story, its been modified by Amazon's hardware team to work on a regular LCD screen.

The technology is powered by four front-facing camera on Amazon's smartphone, which can detect and track human faces in order to provide realistic 3D effects. TechCrunch claims that Amazon's device will only have a limited number of uses for the 3D technology but the company apparently hopes that other developers will build apps that will expand its use.

The phone is rumored to have a 4.7-inch 720p screen, according to leaked renders of the product, along with a 13 megapixel rear camera, a quad-core Qualcomm processor and 2GB of RAM. It's supposed to be running Amazon's forked version of Android, FireOS, that's being used for the Fire TV set-top box.

So far, the name of the smartphone has yet to leak, and there's no word of a price tag and a release date, but there are less than two weeks to go before Amazon's press conference, so hopefully all will be revealed at that time.

What do you think about the prospects of a smartphone that creates 3D effects without glasses? Is that really cool and innovative or just a gimmick?

Source: TechCrunch