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Bellus3D Announces Strategic Cooperation with Megvii, Inc. (Face++)

New Partnership provides Active Stereo 3D Solutions for Android Market.

Campbell, CA, July 16, 2018: Bellus3D, Inc. a Silicon Valley pioneer in 3D scanning for mobile devices, announced today that it has started a strategic cooperation with Megvii, Inc. (also known as Face++), a world leading provider of face recognition systems. The close cooperation will accelerate the delivery of Android-based Active Stereo 3D solutions to market.

Market projections in the next two years forecast annual sales of hundreds of millions of 3D enabled mobile phones. The Chinese mobile phone market is poised for exponential growth for mobile phones with built-in 3D face scanning and face identification capabilities. Working together, Bellus3D and Megvii will offer combined hardware/software reference designs to Android mobile phone brands for implementing 3D face scanning and face recognition solutions.

Bellus3D is the key provider of “active stereo” depth sensing which is different than the structured light depth sensing technology used in Apple’s iPhone X. This novel approach uses 2 IR image sensors, an IR projector and high-resolution color image sensor to capture 3D information at a significant price/performance advantage over the more expensive structured light designs. The active stereo design leverages standard sensors and low-cost emitters enabling mobile depth camera systems to be manufactured at less than half of the cost and with higher depth resolution than structured light designs. The Bellus3D design is used in the Bellus3D Face Camera Pro USB camera accessory for Android. It was also integrated into an Android OS Spreadtrum mobile phone reference design shown at CES 2018.

In addition to pioneering the use of active stereo 3D systems for mobile devices, Bellus3D is known for the company’s 3D selfie technology that is implemented on both Android and iOS systems. Bellus3D’s FaceApp uses iPhone X’s TrueDepth camera to scan a user’s face to capture 250,000 3D data points and can construct a 3D face model in 10 seconds. Most recently, the Bellus3D 3D selfie system was demonstrated as part of the vivo TOF (Time Of Flight) 3D sensing demonstration at the Mobile World Congress in Shanghai 2018.

“We are thrilled to be able to announce this new partnership with Megvii and the Face++ platform,” said Eric Chen, co-founder & CEO of Bellus3D. “The combination of our novel 3D face capture technology in conjunction with Megvii’s facial identification system presents a very compelling offering to mobile phone brands.”

“We see unique potential with the 3D depth facial scanning systems that Bellus3D has developed.” said Wenhao Wu, SVP of Megvii, “Bellus3D has brought new vitality to the mobile phone market. We are already working together to present our combined offerings to our customers.”

Bellus3D Press Contact: Eric Zarakov, Phone: (408) 499-3173
Megvii Press Contact: Olivia Geng, gengfuyao@megvii.com, Phone: (0086) 18701570563

About Bellus3D, Inc.
Bellus3D (www.bellus3d.com) is the innovative leader in high-resolution 3D face scanning and face ID technology designed for mobile platforms. The company is a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup founded in March 2015 by leading computer vision experts to bring the next generation of face scanning technologies to worldwide markets.

About Megvii
Established in 2011, Megvii is a world-leading pioneer of artificial intelligence commercialization and an industry leader in face recognition. It’s also one of the first AI companies that commercialize face recognition with deep learning technology. It owns Face++ and Face ID, which are the biggest face recognition open platform and the biggest third-party face authentication platform in the world, respectively. It has launched several ground-breaking AI products in various verticals, including face recognition payment system, face unlock and full-frame intelligent snapshot cameras.



旷视科技Face++携手Bellus3D,加速全民 3D 时代到来

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2018年7月16日,旷视科技Face++宣布与来自于美国硅谷的移动端3D面部扫描先锋企业 Bellus3D 展开深度合作,双方将促进 AI+3D 技术在移动设备上的应用及产品研发,加速推动全民 3D 时代的到来。

旷视科技Face++副总裁吴文昊表示:“我们关注到 Bellus3D 开发的3D深度面部扫描系统具有独特的潜力,他们的方案将为手机市场带来全新的活力。旷视目前也已经与 Bellus3D 展开了相关领域的合作,共同向客户展示我们的综合产品。“在前不久结束的 2018 MWC 上海大会上,旷视科技Face++就联合 Bellus3D 为国产手机厂商 vivo 发布的TOF 3D 超感应技术提供核心的 3D 人脸扫描及建模支持。

Bellus3D是一家来自美国硅谷的创新创业公司,其执行总裁 Eric Chen 曾是苹果公司 Quicktime VR 项目的创建者之一。Bellus3D专注于为手机等移动设备提供高解析度的3D人脸扫描、建模技术和产品,是最早采用“ active stereo”(主动式立体)深度感测技术打造3D面部扫描相机的企业,曾以其在 Android 和 iOS 系统上实现的3D自拍技术而闻名。

目前,Bellus3D 的多款产品已在3D虚拟化妆、自定义游戏头像、虚拟试穿等领域取得应用。而此次旷视科技Face++与Bellus3D的深度合作,将主要致力于3D人脸建模算法及面部扫描技术的研发,为移动厂商提供基于人脸与3D建模应用的软硬件设计和解决方案。“我们非常高兴能够与旷视合作,”Bellus3D创始人兼CEO Eric表示,“双方各自在3D感知技术和人脸识别方面的优势的结合将为移动手机品牌带来更有吸引力的产品。”

作为以人工智能为核心的的行业物联构建者,旷视科技希望用AI实现终端智能,如今旷视已在各垂直领域推出了包括人脸识别支付、人脸识别解锁、全帧智能抓拍机在内的多个具有开创性意义的AI产品和行业解决方案。手机作为人们日常使用率最高的移动设备,其对于人们的意义早已不再只是通讯工具,而正在成为人们的智能贴身助理。2017年,旷视开始进军手机市场,一举推出人脸支付、人脸识别解锁、人像光效、人像背景虚化、视频美化、Animoji等一系列移动端AI产品与解决方案。

然而,随着市场需求的多样化和计算机视觉能力的进化,基于2D的人脸识别应用已经不再能满足人们更高的体验诉求,移动端需要从2D向3D升级。市场预测显示,2019年将有上亿部加持3D技术的手机年销售增长,而中国手机市场将逐步实现具有内置3D人脸扫描和人脸识别功能的手机的指数型增长。早在2014年,旷视科技创始人印奇就曾公开表示,高清人脸识别和3D感知技术将成为人脸识别应用的两大趋势。近年来,旷视科技也从未停止对3D领域的研究和探索,并已经在3D视觉技术应用方面取得了突破性的进展。

基于核心的深度学习和智能传感技术,旷视科技Face++正在以AI+IoT推动现实世界的数字化、智能化进程,而3D技术是未来数字化世界最为重要的呈现形式,更有望成为影响未来生产方式变革的关键技术。对移动端人脸3D扫描及建模技术的研发和产品打造,则是实现3D技术全民应用最快、最有效的途径,旷视现已凭借行业领先的3D技术突破,在业界率先实现3D人脸支付、3D 美颜、3D 整形和 3D 光效等创新应用,未来旷视将通过与 Bellus3D 的深度合作,持续向社会多领域输出全面、强大的3D产品。



Bellus3D Announces High-Resolution 3D Face Scanning App for Apple iPhone X Utilizing Built-In TrueDepth Camera

Bellus3D FaceApp for iPhone X is first to utilize the Apple TrueDepth Face ID Camera to capture and reproduce high-resolution lifelike 3D selfies.

Los Gatos, CA, April 4, 2018: Bellus3D, Inc. a Silicon Valley startup formed by leading computer vision experts, announced today the Bellus3D FaceApp iPhone X application, a remarkable advancement in face scanning technology. The company is the first to utilize the built-in TrueDepth camera incorporated in the Apple iPhone X smartphone to scan 3D faces in high resolution with a lifelike quality that was only previously available with expensive professional 3D scanners.

Bellus3D FaceApp for iPhone X is an easy-to-use, high-resolution, 3D face scanning application that captures over 250,000 3D data points on a user’s face in 10 seconds while the user turns their head in front of the smartphone camera. Immediately after the scanning, the user’s face is virtually reconstructed in 3D with lifelike detail and can be rotated, zoomed and viewed in three dimensions on the screen of the iPhone X.

The app allows: the 3D face to be viewed with interactive lighting; the use of the smartphone’s built-in gyro to control viewing and; the ability to save a 3D selfie video to their camera roll photo album to share with others. Users will also have the ability to immediately post their 3D selfie as a 3D post on Facebook.

Bellus3D is the first to use the iPhone X TrueDepth camera for high-resolution 3D face scanning and the company is already seeing many new uses that will impact millions of people. Consumer applications incorporating 3D faces include mobile gaming, custom eyeglass design, virtual 3D make-up sessions, medical applications, 3D selfies, custom dolls, and emerging 3D augmented and virtual reality experiences.

Bellus3D is starting a public beta program in April to enable early adopters and third-party developers to test the application as the company finalizes its formal release. Version 1.0 of Bellus3D FaceApp will be free and will include posting of 3D selfies to Facebook. A subsequent release of the app will allow users to export their 3D faces in industry standard 3D file formats to other applications and AR/VR digital environments. Bellus3D will also release a Face SDK for iOS to enable third party developers to add high-resolution 3D face-scanning capabilities to their own iPhone X apps.

“We are thrilled to be introducing this exciting breakthrough to Apple iPhone X users,” said Eric Chen, co-founder and CEO of Bellus3D. “Our FaceApp takes full advantage of the TrueDepth camera to bring easy-to-use and professional quality face scanning capability to millions of users and will inject an entirely new level of personal presence into our daily use of digital media.”

In addition to FaceApp for iPhone X, Bellus3D currently ships the Face Camera Pro USB accessory camera for Android & Windows platforms. The accessory camera captures up to 500,000 3D data points and is targeted for professional markets such as orthodontics and custom eyewear design. The Face Camera Pro is currently available and will continue to be offered for Android and Windows platforms.

Interested users can participate in the beta trial of the Bellus3D FaceApp for the Apple iPhone X by signing up at: www.Bellus3D.com/FaceApp.

Third party software and hardware developers can register to be notified of the availability of Face SDK for iOS by filling out an inquiry form at: www.Bellus3D.com/FaceSDKiOS.

To see examples of 3D Face Posts on the Bellus3D Facebook page, visit: https://www.Facebook.com/bellus3d/

About Bellus3D, Inc.
Bellus3D (www.bellus3d.com) is the innovative leader in high-resolution 3D face scanning and face ID technology designed for mobile platforms. The company is a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup founded in March 2015 by leading computer vision experts to bring the next generation of face scanning technologies to worldwide markets.

Bellus3D Press Contact: Eric Zarakov, Phone: (408) 389-8737.






Bellus3D and Spreadtrum Showcase High-Resolution 3D Face Scanning on New Android Smartphone

Spreadtrum Communications is first licensee of Bellus3D dual-sensor structured light depth camera reference design.

Las Vegas, NV, January 7, 2018: Bellus3D, Inc. a Silicon Valley startup formed by leading computer vision experts, announced that Spreadtrum Communications(“Spreadtrum”) is the first to license the Bellus3D Face Scanning Reference platform for Android smartphones.

Today Bellus3D demonstrated the industry’s first implementation of high-resolution 3D face scanning on an Android OS smartphone which incorporated a built-in integrated dual-sensor structured light front-facing depth camera. The demonstration dispels industry predictions that the Android platform is 2 years behind iOS in face scanning capabilities.

Bellus3D worked closely with Spreadtrum to define and implement a dual-sensor structured light depth camera module that captures up to 200k 3D points with sub-millimeter depth accuracy. The new reference design contains two NIR sensors and a structured light projector, and offers greater depth resolution than the single-sensor structured light camera design deployed by iPhone X. It enables smartphone manufacturers to use off-the-shelf components to reduce costs and streamlines smartphone manufacturing by relaxing the tight calibration tolerances associated with single-sensor structured light depth camera module designs. In addition, Bellus3D software can automatically recalibrate the depth camera module after a smartphone is accidently dropped, which otherwise may require the product to be returned to the manufacturer for repair.

The demonstration shown at CES consists of a fifteen-second scanning process where the user turns his or her head to the left and then to the right, followed by an immediate on-screen view of the scanned face in 3D – enabling the user to completely rotate, zoom and see their lifelike face in three dimensions with high resolution detail. The 3D face model can be exported in a standard 3D file format to other applications for additional processing or display. The high-resolution 3D face scanning for Android OS demonstrated by Bellus3D is a preview of new capabilities being brought to market for mobile phones that will enable new applications beyond unlocking a smartphone with face ID.

“We are seeing a wide range of new and exciting applications being developed with our technology that were simply not possible before,” said Eric Chen, co-founder & CEO of Bellus3D. “Developers working with our cameras and software are now building applications that will allow consumers to use 3D face scanning to design their own custom eyeglasses, try on make-up with realistic 3D simulated effects before purchasing, and create 3D avatars for games. It is very exciting to see how our Bellus3D facing scanning platform is enabling a new range of meaningful value to mobile phone platforms.”

“Spreadtrum is dedicated to providing the market diverse products and solutions with cutting-edge technology and superior multimedia experience at a favorable cost, enabling millions of users to enjoy greater access to the freedom and joy that communication brings” said Mr. Adam Zeng, Global Executive Vice President of Tsinghua Unigroup and CEO of Spreadtrum Communications, “Now Spreadtrum is accelerating the integration of 3D Face capabilities into our mobile phone reference designs. Our collaborative work with Bellus3D is an exciting demonstration of the new possibilities with this platform.”

Bellus3D is demonstrating this newly integrated smartphone capability as well as exhibiting their currently shipping Face Camera Pro accessory camera for Android phone and tablets at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada January 9-12, 2018. The booth location is: Tech West, Sands Expo, Level 1, Hall G and Venetian, Level 1, Space: 51104.

Press are invited to see Bellus3D demonstrations at CES Unveiled from 5:00pm - 8:00pm on January 7, 2018. The CES Unveiled Event is located at: Mandalay Bay North Convention Center, Shorelines Exhibit Hall, table EP22.

Bellus3D Press Contact: Eric Zarakov, Phone: (408) 499-3173
Spreadtrum Communication Press Contact: Kathy Zhou, Kathy.Zhou@spreadtrum.com

About Bellus3D, Inc.
Bellus3D (www.bellus3d.com) is the innovative leader in high-resolution 3D face scanning and face ID technology designed for mobile platforms. The company is a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup founded in March 2015 by leading computer vision experts to bring the next generation of face scanning technologies to world side markets.

About Spreadtrum Communications
As an affiliate of Tsinghua Unigroup, Ltd, Spreadtrum Communications is a fabless semiconductor company that develops mobile chipset platforms for smartphones, feature phones and other consumer electronics products, supporting 2G, 3G and 4G wireless communications standards. Spreadtrum's solutions combine its highly integrated, power-efficient chipsets with customizable software and reference designs in a complete turnkey platform, enabling customers to achieve faster design cycles with a lower development cost. Spreadtrum's customers include global and China-based manufacturers developing mobile products for consumers in China and emerging markets around the world. For more information, visit www.spreadtrum.com.



Bellus3D Announces Immediate Availability of Professional 3D Face Scanning Camera for Android and Windows

The high-resolution front-facing Bellus3D™ Face Camera Pro enables new capabilities in professional markets at a breakthrough list price of $499.00.

Las Vegas, NV, January 5, 2018: Bellus3D, Inc. a Silicon Valley startup formed by leading computer vision experts, announced today that the Bellus3D™ Face Camera Pro is now in production and the company has started to receive its first orders.

The Bellus3D Face Camera Pro is an easy-to-use, high-resolution, 3D face scanning camera targeted to a wide variety of new innovative uses in professional markets. The new camera is priced at $499.00 and represents a price performance breakthrough that will significantly expand the use of 3D face scanning. The company’s first customers are using the camera for applications such as digital makeup simulations, virtual eyeglass design, facial surgery before-and-after simulation, dental orthodontics modeling, and custom face mask designs for scuba, industrial masks, and CPAP. The company also foresees the development of 3D facial scanning kiosks for consumers to scan their faces for virtual try-on, augmented reality, virtual reality, and video game avitars.

The new Bellus3D Face Camera Pro consists of two Near Infrared (NIR) structured light projectors, two NIR image sensors and a color image sensor which combined capture high-resolution 3D depth data and image texture maps. Over 500k data points are captured in the scanning process which are then used to reconstruct a highly detailed 3D digital model with sub-millimeter depth accuracy. The 3D face model can be exported in a standard 3D file format to other applications for additional processing or presentation. Once the fifteen-second scanning process is completed, the Bellus3D application software allows the user to completely rotate, zoom and see their lifelike face in three dimensions with sub-millimeter precision.

The company also announced today a new Windows SDK. Both the Windows SDK and Android SDK are now available to developers participating in the Bellus3D Developer Program.

“In the same way that 3D desktop printers have brought customized one-of-a-kind products to the mass market, our Bellus3D Face scanning systems will bring customized products and experiences to end users that are tailored to each customer’s face.” said Eric Chen, co-founder & CEO of Bellus3D. “Customized bespoke products will become common place – whether its custom fitted eye glasses, custom orthodontics, or virtual makeup sessions.”

Bellus3D is demonstrating their new Face Camera Pro at the CES in Las Vegas, Nevada Jan. 9-12, 2018. The booth location is: Tech West, Sands Expo, Level 1, Hall G and Venetian, Level 1, Space: 51104.

Press are invited to see Bellus3D demonstrations at CES Unveiled from 5:00pm -8:00pm on January 7, 2018. The CES Unveiled Event is located at: Mandalay Bay North Convention Center, Shorelines Exhibit Hall, table EP22.

About Bellus3D, Inc.
Bellus3D (www.bellus3d.com) is the innovative leader in high-resolution 3D face scanning and face ID technology designed for mobile platforms. The company is a venture-backed Silicon Valley startup founded in March 2015 by leading computer vision experts to bring the next generation of face scanning technologies to world side markets.

Bellus3D Press Contact: Eric Zarakov, Phone: (408) 499-3173



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