3D image sensor chips bringing virtual reality to smartphones

Infineon and pmdtechnologies announced the second generation of the jointly developed REAL3 3D image sensor chip portfolio. Combined with infrared cameras, imaging systems based on REAL3 chips can enhance virtual reality game experiences that involve gamer’s hands and their living environment. Other applications involve spatial measurement of rooms and objects, indoor navigation, and implementation of special photo effects. The new generation 3D image sensor chips double the pixel sensitivity to measure intensity of emitted and reflected infrared light. Google’s “project Tango” uses this technology to provide 3D perception in smartphones and tablets.