Samsung Could Use AR Emoji as Video Chat Stand-Ins

Samsung’s AR Emoji was assumed to be as a response to Apple’s Animoji, but last week the South Korean tech giant secured a patent which reveals another reason for rolling out the feature – combating bandwidth issues when streaming live video.

As pointed out by Patentlymobile, Samsung’s AR Emoji patent would let users video chat with each other using 3D models of their faces. This uses much less bandwidth than a live video chat.

Currently, Samsung’s AR Emoji is based on 2D imagery while Apple’s iPhone X uses the TrueDepth camera system. The latter is able to capture 3D facial recognition for Animoji and Face ID, while Samsung creates an avatar based on an image or photo.

The patent reads: “Existing video communication systems typically require high bandwidth and are inherently high latency as entire image sequences need to be generated and compressed before transmitting the signal to another device.

“A need exists for a visual communication system capable of displaying the user’s actual likeness, facial expressions, and motion in real time while reducing bandwidth.”

How do you feel about Samsung’s plans? Let us know in the comments below.

In other news, Amazon is reportedly making a home robot. More on that here.

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