LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is an advanced depth sensing technology present in some Apple devices that give depth sensing capabilities that surpass the traditional Kinect SLS camera. Traditional SLS cameras use an infrared light grid and measure the time for light to reflect back into the source to measure depth. LiDAR leverages a similar technique, and due to improved technology and lower price point, is becoming more prevalant in modern mobile devices and tablets. The LiDAR sensors are not present in all device though, see below:
Which iPhones have LiDAR?
- iPhone X – Has LiDAR on the selfie camera only (not the rear camera*)
- iPhone 11 – Has LiDAR on the selfie camera only (not the rear camera*)
- iPhone 12/Mini – Has LiDAR on the selfie camera only (not the rear camera*)
- iPhone 12 Pro/Max – LiDAR on both selfie and rear cameras.
- iPhone 13/Mini – Has LiDAR on the selfie camera only (not the rear camera*)
- iPhone 13 Pro/Max – LiDAR on both selfie and rear cameras.
Which iPads have LiDAR?
- iPad Pro (2020) – LiDAR on selfie and rear cameras.
- iPad Pro (2021) – LiDAR on selfie and rear cameras.
Which Android devices have LiDAR?
Currently, no Android devices are equipped with LiDAR scanners.
Does it matter which camera has LiDAR?
Yes – devices with LiDAR on the selfie camera only are normally used for facial recognition (i.e. to unlock the device). GhostTube SLS will still leverage this sensor to see in the dark and detect bodies, but it won’t be as accurate as those with the rear camera that are designed to detect full bodys. In addition, for filming evidence it may be less convenient to use the selfie camera than the rear camera as it will be more difficult to point it away from you to film what is in front of you. If you will be using a tripod to secure GhostTube SLS, then the selfie camera will be fine, but if you intend on holding the device and moving around with it while filming, you will want a device with LiDAR on the rear camera.
Will I be able to see in the dark with LiDAR?
Devices with LiDAR can somewhat see shapes in pure darkness, because they won’t be relying only on visible light to see, but rather relying on infrared light to detect depth and therfore identify shapes. LiDAR (and GhostTube SLS) however, are not designed as safety devices. Always carry and use adequate lighting when using GhostTube SLS for your own safety. In addition, the stick figure mapping will require a little light as our algorithm combines the depth data from the LiDAR sensor with the dual lens cameras for higher accuracy, but the dual lens cameras need light to operate.