RWTH: RWTH app “phyphox” with pioneering support of 3D depth sensors


The smartphone and tablet app phyphox uses the device’s own sensors for physical experiments. With version 1.1.11, which has just been released, 3D depth sensors are now also supported in addition to the previously usable variety of smartphone sensors. These supplement the pixels of cameras with spatial depth information for better photos and augmented reality applications. The technology is known as Light detection and ranging (LiDAR), Time of flight (ToF) and True Depth. The associated distance information opens up completely new possibilities for physical experiments, but also for applications in mathematics. phyphox is the first app in the education sector that can also use front cameras with Face ID, which are included in almost all current iPhones, for example.

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